Optical beams with zero central intensity, which are called dark-hollow beams (DHBs), have recently attracted a lot of attention both experimentally and theoretically, due to their unique properties and useful applications in atomic optics, optical communication, optical trapping, and other fields.12.3.–4 Meanwhile, a rich variety of methods have been used to generate various DHBs, such as the transverse mode selection method,5 the geometrical optical method,6 optical holographic method,7 the computer-generated hologram method,8 and the hollow optical fibers method.9 In theory, several models have been proposed to describe DHBs, such as the best-known beam (also known as a doughnut beam), high-order Bessel beams, hollow Gaussian beams,1011.–12 etc. In 2012, Sun et al. introduced a new mathematical model called hollow sinh-Gaussian (HsG) beams to depict DHBs.13 Their propagation characteristics in free space were also studied.
On the other hand, fractional Fourier transform (FrFT) as the generalization of a conventional Fourier transform, was first proposed as a new mathematical tool for solving physics problems by Namias in 1980.14 Its subsequent potential applications in optics were first explored in 1993 by Mendlovic, Ozaktas, and Lohmann.1516.–17 Since then FrFT has become an active research subject in optics and has found wide application in signal processing, optical image encryption, beam shaping, and beam analysis.1818.104.22.168.–23 Recently, much work has been done concerning their FrFT for various types of beams that frequently used in modern optics.2422.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.33.–34 However, to the best of our knowledge, no results have been reported until now about the propagation properties of the newly proposed HsG beams in the FrFT optical system.
In this work, we derived the analytical expression for HsG beams propagating through a paraxial optical system and used it to investigate its propagation properties in the FrFT optical system. The paper is structured as follows, In Sec. 2, a propagation analytical expression for HsG beams through a paraxial optical system is derived. In Sec. 3, evolution of HsG beams’ intensity distributions in the FrFT system and their dependent influences on several parameters are discussed in detail and numerically illustrated by using the derived equations. Finally, the mail results obtained are summarized in Sec. 4.
Fractional Fourier Transform of Hollow Sinh-Gaussian Beams
From an optical point of view, three kinds of optical systems for performing FrFT are proposed1516.–17 and are shown in Fig. 1, which are the Lohmann I system, the Lohmann II system, and the quadratic graded index (GRIN) medium system, respectively. Here, is the standard focal length, with being the fractional order, and is the axial distance between the input and output planes along the optical axis in the GRIN medium. According to matrix optics, the transfer matrix for Lohmann I optical system can be expressed as
For a Lohmann II optical system, the corresponding transfer matrix can be described by
For the GRIN medium system, the transfer matrix with quadratic index variation , can be written as35
In Eq. (3), denotes the radius of the GRIN medium. Obviously, Eqs. (1), (2), and (3) have the same form when and . Hence, the above-mentioned three optical systems have the same transfer matrix and they are equivalent for performing FrFT.
In a cylindrical coordinate system, the electric field of the HsG beams in the original plane () is defined by13
In Eq. (4), () denotes the order of the HsG beams and is a constant related to the beam power. Obviously, for , the beam governed by Eq. (4) is the conventional fundamental Gaussian beam with a beam waist of . However, for , a new kind of HsG beam is obtained.
As defined by Eq. (4), the amplitude of the HsG beam is determined by the beam’s order and waist size . In order to visualize the shape of HsG beams, a preliminary demonstration is shown in Fig. 2 for HsG beams with different orders [Fig. 2(a)] and with different waist sizes [Fig. 2(b)], respectively. All curves in Fig. 2 have been normalized to their peak intensity value. It is apparent from Fig. 2 that the irradiance profile of the HsG beam presents a single bright ring, and the central dark size increases as and increase. Therefore, one can control the intensity distribution of HsG beams by choosing and .
On the other hand, Eq. (4) can be rewritten in the form5) indicates that the ’th order HsG beam can be generated in a laboratory by the superposition of several decentered Gaussian beams with the same waist width , whose centers are located at positions , respectively.
Within the framework of the paraxial approximation, the propagation of any laser beam through an optical system can be described by the generalized Huygens-Fresnel diffraction integral, known as Collins integral formula, which takes the following form in a cylindrical coordinate system:36,37
In Eq. (7), and are the electric fields in the input and output planes, respectively. , and , are the radial and azimuthal angle coordinates in the input and output planes, respectively. is the axial distance between the input and output planes along the optical axis. is the wave number related to the wavelength by . , , , and are the transfer matrix elements of the optical system between the input and output planes, respectively.7) as
Expand the exponential part into a Taylor series and use the integral equation of the hypergeometric Kummer function to evaluate the beams. When and , the integral equation will take the following form:38
In Eq. (10), stands for the -order Bessel function of the first kind, denotes the gamma function, and is the confluent hypergeometric function, respectively. After tedious but straightforward integration, we obtain a result as follows:
Equation (11) is the general propagation and transformation for HsG beams through a paraxial optical system, which provides a convenient and powerful tool for treating the propagation and transformation of HsG beams. Substituting Eq. (1) or (3) into Eq. (11), one obtains the analytical expression for the hollow HsG beams propagating through the FrFT optical system. Then the corresponding intensity distribution reads as
In the following, we investigate the HsG beam’s intensity distribution evolution in the FrFT system.
Numerical Simulations and Analysis
According to the analytical expressions obtained in Sec. 2, in the following, we numerically investigate the properties of HsG beams propagating through the FrFT system. In the following discussion, influence factors of HsG beam order and the fractional transform order on the evolution of the beam’s intensity distribution in the FrFT optical system are considered. Without loss of generality, we choose the calculation parameters of HsG beams as , , and , 3, 5, 9.
Figure 3 depicts the normalized intensity distribution of HsG beams in several FrFT planes. For convenience of comparison, we choose the HsG beams of three different orders (i.e., , 3, 5, 9). It can be seen from Figs. 3(a) and 3(b) that HsG beams maintain their dark-centered distribution when the fractional order is low, and low-ordered HsG beams lose their original dark-centered distribution more quickly than high-ordered ones when the value of increases [see Fig. 3(c)]. Eventually all beams evolve into a peak-centered distribution with some side lobes located sideways [see Fig. 3(e)]. Furthermore, higher-ordered HsG beams have sharper center-peaked distributions. This indicates that in order to reshape the HsG beams, one can choose reasonable optical parameters for HsG beams in the optical FrFT system.
Figure 4 shows the normalized intensity distribution of HsG beams in different planes in the GRIN medium. In Fig. 4, we choose ; hence, the GRIN medium is equivalent with the Lohmann I and Lohmann II optical systems for performing FrFT. Obviously, in our case, the planes , 1.38, 1.57, 1.76, and 3.06 m in the GRIN medium are, respectively, equivalent to , 0.88, 1.0, 1.12, and 1.95 in the FrFT optical system. Furthermore, one can find from Fig. 4 that the intensity distribution is symmetrical about (i.e., ).
Figure 5 shows the evolution of the normalized on-axis intensity distribution of HsG beams of several orders in the FrFT planes versus the fractional order . It is obvious from Fig. 5 that the dependence of the normalized on-axis intensity on the fractional order is periodic, and the period is 2. The on-axis intensity has a maximum value when and a minimum value when .
In this work, we have derived the analytical expression for HsG beams propagating through a paraxial optical system and used it to investigate its propagation properties in the FrFT optical system. Several influencing parameters of both the HsG beams and the FrFT optical system are discussed in detail. Results show that the FrFT optical system provides a convenient way for modulating HsG beams: HsG beams maintain their dark-centered distribution when the fractional order is low, and low-ordered HsG beams lose their original dark-centered distribution more quickly than high-ordered ones when the value of increases. Eventually, all HsG beams’ intensities evolve into peak-centered distributions with some side lobes located sideways. Furthermore, our results also show that HsG beam intensity distribution versus the fractional order is periodical and the period is 2. The results obtained in this work are valuable for the HsG beam shaping.
This work is supported by the National Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 11274273 and 61263010), the Jiangxi Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 20142BAB212003), the Scientific Project of Jiangxi Education Department of China (Grant No. GJJ14397), and the East China Jiaotong University Startup Outlay for Doctor Scientific Research (Grant No. 09132007).
Xun Wang received her MS degree from the Department of Physics in Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Applied Physics at East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang, China. Her current research interests include optical wave propagation and transformation, physical optics, and information optics.
Zhirong Liu received his PhD degree from the Department of Physics in Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He is currently a lecturer in the Department of Applied Physics at East China Jiaotong University, Nanchang, China. His current research interests include optical physics, optical confinement and manipulation, and wave propagation and scattering.