Generation of achromatic bessel beams using a compensated spatial light modulator

J. Leach, G.M. Gibson, M.J. Padgett, E. Esposito, A. Wright, J.M. Girkin, G. McConnell

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Abstract

We report the creation of white-light, achromatic Bessel beams using a spatial light modulator and a prism to compensate for the dispersion. Unlike the Bessel beam created by a refractive axicon, this achromatic beam has a radial wavevector and hence an intensity cross-section which is independent of wavelength. The technique also lends itself to the generation of higher order Bessel beams with an on-axis optical vortex and associated orbital angular momentum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5581-5587
Number of pages6
JournalOptics Express
Volume14
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords

  • achromatic bessel beams
  • spatial light modulator
  • prism
  • radial wavevector
  • on-axis optical vortex
  • orbital angular momentum

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Leach, J., Gibson, G. M., Padgett, M. J., Esposito, E., Wright, A., Girkin, J. M., & McConnell, G. (2006). Generation of achromatic bessel beams using a compensated spatial light modulator. Optics Express, 14(12), 5581-5587. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.005581