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Generation of arbitrary complex quasi-non-diffracting optical patterns
Ortiz Ambriz, Antonio; López Aguayo, Servando; Kartashov, Yaroslav V.; Vysloukh, Victor A.; Petrov, Dimitri; Garcia Gracia, Hipolito; Gutierrez Vega, Julio Cesar; Torner Sabata, Lluís
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Departament de Teoria del Senyal i Comunicacions; Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. FOTONICA - Fotònica
Due to their unique ability to maintain an intensity distribution upon propagation, non-diffracting light fields are used extensively in various areas of science, including optical tweezers, nonlinear optics and quantum optics, in applications where complex transverse field distributions are required. However, the number and type of rigorously non-diffracting beams is severely limited because their symmetry is dictated by one of the coordinate system where the Helmholtz equation governing beam propagation is separable. Here, we demonstrate a powerful technique that allows the generation of a rich variety of quasi-non-diffracting optical beams featuring nearly arbitrary intensity distributions in the transverse plane. These can be readily engineered via modifications of the angular spectrum of the beam in order to meet the requirements of particular applications. Such beams are not rigorously non-diffracting but they maintain their shape over large distances, which may be tuned by varying the width of the angular spectrum. We report the generation of unique spiral patterns and patterns involving arbitrary combinations of truncated harmonic, Bessel, Mathieu, or parabolic beams occupying different spatial domains. Optical trapping experiments illustrate the opto-mechanical properties of such beams.
Peer Reviewed
Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria de la telecomunicació::Processament del senyal
Àrees temàtiques de la UPC::Enginyeria de la telecomunicació::Telecomunicació òptica
Signal theory (Telecommunication)
Co-ordinate system
Intensity distribution
Nondiffracting beam
Optical patterns
Parabolic beams
Spatial domains
Transverse field distribution
Transverse planes
Senyal, Teoria del (Telecomunicació)
Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Spain

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