Bessel-Gauss beams as rigorous solutions of the Helmholtz equation.
ABSTRACT The study of the nonparaxial propagation of optical beams has received considerable attention. In particular, the so-called complex-source/sink model can be used to describe strongly focused beams near the beam waist, but this method has not yet been applied to the Bessel-Gauss (BG) beam. In this paper, the complex-source/sink solution for the nonparaxial BG beam is expressed as a superposition of nonparaxial elegant Laguerre-Gaussian beams. This provides a direct way to write the explicit expression for a tightly focused BG beam that is an exact solution of the Helmholtz equation. It reduces correctly to the paraxial BG beam, the nonparaxial Gaussian beam, and the Bessel beam in the appropriate limits. The analytical expression can be used to calculate the field of a BG beam near its waist, and it may be useful in investigating the features of BG beams under tight focusing conditions.