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Modelling Airy beams propagation with lens design software
Author(s): Sophie Vo; Kyle Fuerschbach; Charlotte Pachot; Tobias Schmid; Kevin P. Thompson; Jannick P. Rolland
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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 September 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7652, International Optical Design Conference 2010, 765226 (9 September 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.869084
Show Author Affiliations
Sophie Vo, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Kyle Fuerschbach, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Charlotte Pachot, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
Tobias Schmid, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)
Kevin P. Thompson, Optical Research Associates (United States)
Jannick P. Rolland, The Institute of Optics, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, Univ. of Central Florida (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7652:
International Optical Design Conference 2010

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