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Generation of High-Quality Tunable One-Dimensional Airy Beams Using the Aberrations of a Single Lens

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4 Author(s)
P. Acebal ; Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales Óptica y Tecnologıacute;a Electrónica, Universidad Miguel Hernández, Elche, Spain ; L. Carretero ; S. Blaya ; A. Murciano

We designed a highly tunable optical system for generating very good quality 1-D optical Airy beams. The system is composed of only a few passive elements-a microscope objective, a lens, and an aperture stop-so it is easy to align and has no power limits. An analytical formula for the characteristic coefficient of Airy beams was obtained as a function of two control parameters (object position and tilt angle of the lens), showing that it is possible to obtain a wide range of values, from a few micrometers to over 200 μm using the same elements, simply by varying the geometric parameters of this optical system.

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IEEE Photonics Journal  (Volume:4 ,  Issue: 5 )