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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 6, Iss. 9 — Oct. 3, 2011

Reduced side-lobe Airy beams

Shane Barwick  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 15, pp. 2827-2829 (2011)

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The primary interest in the finite-energy Airy beam derives from the special properties possessed by the maximum intensity at its central lobe. However, the defining spatial dependence, the Airy function, is an oscillatory function that consists of decaying side lobes. For some applications these side lobes may create deleterious effects. Fortunately, a nonsymmetric apodization of the beam in Fourier space is shown to enhance the central lobe as the side lobes are reduced and clipped. The properties of the central lobe are unaffected over a large proportion of the propagation path.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(280.3420) Remote sensing and sensors : Laser sensors
(350.4855) Other areas of optics : Optical tweezers or optical manipulation
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: April 27, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 26, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 27, 2011
Published: July 21, 2011

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Vol. 6, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Shane Barwick, "Reduced side-lobe Airy beams," Opt. Lett. 36, 2827-2829 (2011)

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