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A very general beam solution of the paraxial wave equation in circular cylindrical coordinates is presented. We call such a field a circular beam (CiB). The complex amplitude of the CiB is described by either the Whittaker functions or the confluent hypergeometric functions and is characterized by three parameters that are complex in the most general… (More)

We introduce the generalized Airy-Gauss (AiG) beams and analyze their propagation through optical systems described by ABCD matrices with complex elements in general. The transverse mathematical structure of the AiG beams is form-invariant under paraxial transformations. The conditions for square integrability of the beams are studied in detail. The model… (More)

- Jeffrey A Davis, Mark J Mitry, Miguel A Bandres, Don M Cottrell, D G A N Siviloglou, Christodoulides +16 others
- 2008

We report the first observation of accelerating parabolic beams. These accelerating parabolic beams are similar to the Airy beams because they exhibit the unusual ability to remain diffraction-free while having a quadratic transverse shift during propagation. The amplitude and phase masks required to generate these beams are encoded onto a single liquid… (More)

Keywords: Ince equation Fractional calculus Ince polynomials Eigenvalue curves Stability Hill equation a b s t r a c t We extend the classical treatment of the Ince equation to include the effect of a fractional derivative term of order a > 0 and amplitude c. A Fourier expansion is used to determine the eigenvalue curves aðÞ in function of the parameter ,… (More)

- Miguel A Bandres, Julio C Gutiérrez-Vega, J M A C Bandres, Gutiérrez, Vega, Ince Gaussian +14 others
- 2008

A very general beam solution of the paraxial wave equation in elliptic cylindrical coordinates is presented. We call such a field an elliptic beam (EB). The complex amplitude of the EB is described by either the generalized Ince functions or the Whittaker-Hill functions and is characterized by four parameters that are complex in the most general situation.… (More)

A series scheme is discussed for the determination of the normalization constants of the even and odd Mathieu-Gauss (MG) optical beams. We apply a suitable expansion in terms of Bessel-Gauss (BG) beams and also answer the question of how many BG beams should be used to synthesize a MG beam within a tolerance. The structure of the normalization factors… (More)

We comment on the recent Letter by J. Wu and A. Liu [Opt. Lett. 31, 1720 (2006)] in which an exact scalar solution to the resonant modes and the resonant frequencies in a two-dimensional rectangular microcavity were presented. The analysis is incorrect because (a) the field solutions were imposed to satisfy simultaneously both Dirichlet and Neumann boundary… (More)

We introduce the generalized vector Helmholtz-Gauss (gVHzG) beams that constitute a general family of localized beam solutions of the Maxwell equations in the paraxial domain. The propagation of the electromagnetic components through axisymmetric ABCD optical systems is expressed elegantly in a coordinate-free and closed-form expression that is fully… (More)

We demonstrate the existence of elliptic vortices of electromagnetic scalar wave fields. The corresponding intensity profiles are formed by propagation-invariant confocal elliptic rings. We have found that copropagation of this kind of vortex occurs without interaction. The results presented here also apply for physical systems described by the (2+1)… (More)

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