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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2013
  • pp: 4648–4651

Generating a three-dimensional dark focus from a single conically refracted light beam

Yu. V. Loiko, A. Turpin, T. K. Kalkandjiev, E. U. Rafailov, and J. Mompart  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 22, pp. 4648-4651 (2013)

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We report here the generation of a three-dimensional (3D) dark focus from a single focused monochromatic Gaussian beam that undergoes conical refraction when it propagates along one of the optic axes of a biaxial crystal. We study the resulting ring intensity pattern behind the crystal as a function of the ratio between the ring radius and the beam waist and derive the particular parameter values for which a 3D dark focus with null intensity at the ring center is formed. We have performed experiments with a KGd(WO4)2 biaxial crystal, reporting the generation of a bottle beam in full agreement with our theoretical investigations.

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OCIS Codes
(020.7010) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser trapping
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(350.3390) Other areas of optics : Laser materials processing
(020.3320) Atomic and molecular physics : Laser cooling

ToC Category:
Atomic and Molecular Physics

Original Manuscript: August 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 8, 2013
Published: November 7, 2013

Yu. V. Loiko, A. Turpin, T. K. Kalkandjiev, E. U. Rafailov, and J. Mompart, "Generating a three-dimensional dark focus from a single conically refracted light beam," Opt. Lett. 38, 4648-4651 (2013)

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