Highly adjustable helical beam: design and propagation characteristics

Yuanhui Wen, Yujie Chen*, Yanfeng Zhang, Siyuan Yu

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Light fields with extraordinary propagation behaviors, such as nondiffracting and self-bending, are useful in the optical delivery of energy, information, and even objects. A kind of helical beam is constructed here based on the caustic method. With the appropriate design, the main lobe of these helical beams can be both well-confined and almost nondiffracting, while moving along a helix with its radius, period, number of rotations, and main lobes highly adjustable. In addition, the peak intensity of the main lobe fluctuates below 15% during propagation. These promising characteristics may enable a variety of potential applications based on these beams.

Original languageEnglish
Article number030011
JournalChinese Optics Letters
Issue number3
Early online date23 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2017


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