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Transformation of a Gaussian laser beam to an Airy pattern for use in focal plane intensity shaping using diffractive optics
Author(s): Kurt J. Kanzler
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Paper Abstract

A method for converting a gaussian laser beam into a propagating Airy pattern is described using a diffractive optic. This propagating Airy pattern is focused by a lens to obtain a flat top intensity at the focal plane. The technique is based on the idea of Fourier transform pairs and produces a small spot diameter with a useable depth of field. Experimental results will be presented for round and square focused uniform intensity profiles. A focused uniform intensity profile can prove useful for many laser applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 October 2001
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 4443, Laser Beam Shaping II, (30 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.446754
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Kurt J. Kanzler, Diffractive Laser Solutions Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4443:
Laser Beam Shaping II
Fred M. Dickey; Scott C. Holswade; David L. Shealy, Editor(s)

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