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Paraxial propagation in uniaxial crystals
Author(s): Alessandro Ciattoni; Gabriella Cincotti; Claudio Palma
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Paper Abstract

Three methods for describing the propagation of a paraxial field along the optical axis of a uniaxial medium are introduced. Firstly the Cartesian field components are shown to satisfy two coupled parabolic equations. From their formal solution an elegant expression connecting the field inside the crystal to the corresponding one propagating in vacuum is deduced. This expression also allows us to derive the anisotropic propagator which is the sum of an ordinary and an extraordinary contribution. Finally we derive a simple approximate expression for the field, valid for propagation distances comparable with the size of actual crystals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 November 2003
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 4829, 19th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for the Quality of Life, (19 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.530006
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Alessandro Ciattoni, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)
Gabriella Cincotti, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)
Claudio Palma, Univ. degli Studi di Roma Tre (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4829:
19th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for the Quality of Life
Giancarlo C. Righini; Anna Consortini, Editor(s)

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