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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2014
  • pp: 2318–2321

Two different classes of vector beams that have the same paraxial approximation

Chun-Fang Li and Shuang-Yan Yang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 8, pp. 2318-2321 (2014)

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It is observed that there exist two different classes of vector light beams that have the same first-order paraxial approximation. They are characterized by the axial and transverse orientations of a constant unit vector that comes from the constraint of transversality condition. Their vectorial structures in the nonparaxial regime and angular momentum properties are compared.

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OCIS Codes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: December 6, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 25, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: March 10, 2014
Published: April 8, 2014

Chun-Fang Li and Shuang-Yan Yang, "Two different classes of vector beams that have the same paraxial approximation," Opt. Lett. 39, 2318-2321 (2014)

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