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9 September 2010 Modelling Airy beams propagation with lens design software
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Proceedings Volume 7652, International Optical Design Conference 2010; 765226 (2010)
Event: International Optical Design Conference 2010, 2010, Jackson Hole, WY, United States
Airy beams are a new class of nondiffracting beams predicted in 1979 and observed in 2007. In this paper, we show that beam propagation methods are an effective way to study the behavior of those beams in propagation and to design such beams. A lens design software integrated beam propagation feature is implemented to design an Airy beam generation setup based on Fourier transform in a coherent optical system. The setup was reproduced in the lab for experimental validation using a "cubic-shaped" mirror. The resulting monochromatic Airy beam presents a main lobe FWHM of approximately 30 μm over a diffraction-free distance of 15 mm. Computational results show excellent agreement with experimental data as well as with analytical predictions expressed in terms of the optical setup geometrical parameters.
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Sophie Vo, Kyle Fuerschbach, Charlotte Pachot, Tobias Schmid, Kevin P. Thompson, and Jannick P. Rolland "Modelling Airy beams propagation with lens design software", Proc. SPIE 7652, International Optical Design Conference 2010, 765226 (9 September 2010);


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