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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 9 — Aug. 28, 2012

The taming of absorption: generating a constant intensity beam in a lossy medium

Ilya Golub, Theodore Mirtchev, Jonathan Nuttall, and Dagan Shaw  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 13, pp. 2556-2558 (2012)

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We report the first observation (to our best knowledge) of a constant intensity, quasi-Bessel/nondiffracting beam in an absorbing medium generated by a novel optical element, “exicon,” or exponential intensity axicon. Such absorption-compensated and diffraction-resistant beams can find applications in illumination, remote sensing, free-space communications, imaging in biological tissues, nonlinear optics, and other situations where absorption and diffraction hinder light propagation.

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OCIS Codes
(010.3310) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Laser beam transmission
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication
(230.0230) Optical devices : Optical devices
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(070.3185) Fourier optics and signal processing : Invariant optical fields

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 19, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 19, 2012
Published: June 21, 2012

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Vol. 7, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Ilya Golub, Theodore Mirtchev, Jonathan Nuttall, and Dagan Shaw, "The taming of absorption: generating a constant intensity beam in a lossy medium," Opt. Lett. 37, 2556-2558 (2012)

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