Three-dimensional arrays of optical bottle beams

D. McGloin, G. C. Spalding, H. Melville, W. Sibbett, K. Dholakia

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Abstract

We demonstrate the production of an optical beam with a number of embedded optical bottles. We generate this beam by passing a Laguerre-Gaussian beam, with a radial mode index of p > 1, through an axicon. Such beams are found to possess the "non-diffracting" properties of a Bessel beam while having unusual intensity distributions along the propagation distance. A beam with a single radial node has an on-axis intensity with an intensity minima within the propagation distance, surrounded by a high intensity region. This creating an optical bottle beam with cylindrical symmetry. The production of non-diffracting multiple-cavity beams - a three-dimensional array of optical bottles - is also shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-222
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Communications
Volume225
Issue number4-6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Oct 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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McGloin, D., Spalding, G. C., Melville, H., Sibbett, W., & Dholakia, K. (2003). Three-dimensional arrays of optical bottle beams. Optics Communications, 225(4-6), 215-222. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.optcom.2003.07.032
McGloin, D. ; Spalding, G. C. ; Melville, H. ; Sibbett, W. ; Dholakia, K. / Three-dimensional arrays of optical bottle beams. In: Optics Communications. 2003 ; Vol. 225, No. 4-6. pp. 215-222.
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McGloin, D, Spalding, GC, Melville, H, Sibbett, W & Dholakia, K 2003, 'Three-dimensional arrays of optical bottle beams', Optics Communications, vol. 225, no. 4-6, pp. 215-222. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.optcom.2003.07.032

Three-dimensional arrays of optical bottle beams. / McGloin, D.; Spalding, G. C.; Melville, H.; Sibbett, W.; Dholakia, K.

In: Optics Communications, Vol. 225, No. 4-6, 01.10.2003, p. 215-222.

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