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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3429–3432

Generating and measuring nondiffracting vector Bessel beams

Angela Dudley, Yanming Li, Thandeka Mhlanga, Michael Escuti, and Andrew Forbes  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 17, pp. 3429-3432 (2013)

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Nondiffracting vector Bessel beams are of considerable interest due to their nondiffracting nature and unique high-numerical-aperture focusing properties. Here we demonstrate their creation by a simple procedure requiring only a spatial light modulator and an azimuthally varying birefringent plate, known as a q-plate. We extend our control of both the geometric and dynamic phases to perform a polarization and modal decomposition on the vector field. We study both single-charged Bessel beams as well as superpositions and find good agreement with theory. Since we are able to encode nondiffracting modes with circular polarizations possessing different orbital angular momenta, we suggest these modes will be of interest in optical trapping, microscopy, and optical communication.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2770) Diffraction and gratings : Gratings
(090.1995) Holography : Digital holography
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: June 26, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 1, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 4, 2013
Published: August 29, 2013

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Angela Dudley, Yanming Li, Thandeka Mhlanga, Michael Escuti, and Andrew Forbes, "Generating and measuring nondiffracting vector Bessel beams," Opt. Lett. 38, 3429-3432 (2013)

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