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Appl Opt. 2002 Oct 20;41(30):6375-9.

Direct generation of Bessel beams.

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  • 1VDM Laser Optics, Eke-Nazareth, Belgium.


Two implementations are identified to create a Bessel beam directly, i.e. without the spatial filtering of an initially Gaussian beam. The first implementation is based on a resonator configuration whose lowest-loss transverse mode is a Bessel beam. Numerical simulation to corroborate the geometrical optical arguments is presented. The second implementation is based on the theorem that the angular-plane wave spectrum of a Bessel beam is composed of a cone of wave vectors. This cone is also generated through a phase-matching condition in a four-wave mixing process. This leads to the conclusion that anti-Stokes radiation generated in a nonlinear material will leave the substrate under the form of a Bessel beam.

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