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Design and fabrication of a double-axicon for generation of tailorable self-imaged three-dimensional intensity voids

School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Tumasik, 00, Singapore
Optics Letters (Impact Factor: 3.18). 05/2006; 31(7):987-9. DOI: 10.1364/OL.31.000987
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ABSTRACT We propose a new design for fabrication of a highly power-efficient double axicon to generate self-imaged three-dimensional intensity voids along the propagation of a beam. The conventional conical structure of an axicon is modified and shaped like an axiconlike structure with a double-gradient surface profile. The gradient conical surfaces generate Bessel beams with varying radial wave vectors that are superimposed and interfere to generate a sequence of three-dimensional intensity voids. The proposed element was fabricated using electron-beam lithography, and experimental verification of the design is reported.

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