Three-dimensional arrays of optical bottle beams

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

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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
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Oct 1

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.