Propagation Properties of Finite Olver-Gaussian Beams Passing through a Paraxial ABCD Optical System ()

Salima Hennani^{}, Lahcen Ez-Zariy^{*}, Abdelmajid Belafhal^{*}

Laboratory of Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Chouaïb Doukkali University, Jadida, Morocco.

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Laboratory of Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Chouaïb Doukkali University, Jadida, Morocco.

In this paper, an exact analytical propagation formula of Finite Olver-Gaussian Beams (FOGBs) passing through a paraxial ABCD optical system is developed and some numerical examples are performed. The propagation properties of the FOGBs through general optical systems characterized by given ABCD matrix are studied on the basis of the generalized Huygens-Fresnel diffraction integral, which permits to show the behavior of this laser beams family and its properties de-pending of the laser parameters. This research is of interest to prove some investigations done in the past by other researchers.

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Hennani, S. , Ez-Zariy, L. and Belafhal, A. (2015) Propagation Properties of Finite Olver-Gaussian Beams Passing through a Paraxial ABCD Optical System. *Optics and Photonics Journal*, **5**, 273-294. doi: 10.4236/opj.2015.59026.

1. Introduction

More freshly, Belafhal et al. [1] have introduced the so-called Olver beams as a novel beams family of non- diffracting beams. The authors have demonstrated that this class of beams is a solution of Schrödinger and Helmholtz equations. Like the other nondiffracting beams [2] , Olver beams require an infinite energy and propagate in the free space without distortion. Thus, the Olver beams are not realizable in practice. So, a truncation of these beams by a finite aperture or its modulation by a Gaussian envelope is very indispensible to create the pseudo-nondiffracting finite Olver beams or the Olver-Gaussian beams. Yet, in their recent work, Belafhal and their co-authors [1] have proposed the masks to generate the finite-energy Olver beams. In the same study [1] , the investigators have proved that the Olver beams as a generalization of the ordinary Airy beams are considered as the zeroth-order Olver beams.

On the other hand, the studies of the diffraction of apertured and unapertured laser beams by optical systems including aligned and misaligned ones and through turbulent media, are very vital to physical optics and propagation properties of the studied beams whatever Gaussian, nondiffracting or quasi-nondiffracting beams. For this purpose, several literature researches are elaborated within the context [3] -[17] . Among them, Belafhal and Dalil- Essakkali [7] have investigated the propagation characteristics of the Bessel-Gaussian and the Quadrature Bessel- Gaussian beams through an ABCD optical system. The Mathieu modulated by Gaussian and flattened Gaussian beams through aligned, misaligned optical systems and turbulent media have been examined theoretically and numerically by many authors [13] [14] . In 2004, Bandres et al. [18] and López-Mariscal et al. [19] have analyzed the features of the nondiffracting parabolic beams theoretically and experimentally, respectively. Many studies have been interested in the properties of pseudo-nondiffracting beams through other optical systems such as Kerr media [20] [21] , and crystals [22] [23] . Airy beams which are regarded as the zeroth-order Olver beams attract the attention of a lot of scientists of the laser community [24] -[30] . These zeroth-order Olver (Airy) beams have been the subject of many other studies in various optical systems, be it aligned, misaligned, turbulence, crystal, Kerr media [31] -[36] or others. More recently, Liu et al. [37] have obtained an approximate analytical expression for the propagation of an Airy-Gaussian beams passing through an ABCD optical system with a rectangular annular aperture. Our research group contributes in investigation of the properties of these beams class passing through a rectangular annular apertured ABCD optical system [38] and through a misaligned one [39] .

The diffraction features of the Finite Olver beams (FOBs) and the Finite Olver-Gaussian beams (FOGBs) by optical systems have not been studied elsewhere. The current paper is the first one of a series of works that are interested in the treatment of the Olver beams family in aligned or misaligned optical systems, turbulence, crystals and others which are within the interest of our research group. In the actual work, we start the series by a theoretical and numerical examination of the propagation properties of FOGBs through a simple paraxial ABCD optical system. An analytical formula is developed in the coming section using the Collins diffraction integral formula. Some special cases correspond to the Finite Airy-Gaussian beams, FOBs, Olver-Gaussian beams and Airy-Gaussian beams passing through an ABCD optical system are derived from our main finding in Section 3. Several numerical calculations are performed in Section 4 to analyze the action of some parameters on the transverse intensity distribution and shape of the beams class exiting the ABCD optical system. A simple conclusion is Plainfield in Section 5 of the paper.

2. FOGBs Passing through a Paraxial ABCD Optical System

The propagation of the light beam passing through a paraxial optical system, described by an ABCD matrix, obeys to the generalized Huygens-Fresnel integral, which connects the output electric field with the input one [40]

, (1)

where is the wave number and being the wavelength. A, B, C and D are the ray matrix elements.

In the Cartesian coordinates system, the incident electrical field distribution of Finite Olver-Gaussian beam is given by [1]

, (2)

where is the spot size of the fundamental Gaussian mode. is the truncation parameter and is a constant coefficient to be equal to 0 or 1. is the n^{th}-order Olver function of real x with n = 0; 1; 2; …is defined by the following integral representation [1]

(3)

with

(4)

Introducing Equation (2) and Equation (3) into Equation (1) and recalling the integral formulas [1] [41]

(5)

, and

(6)

and after some calculations, the final analytical expression of the output electrical field expression of FOGBs is given by

(7)

This is the main result of this paper; it permits us to study the propagation properties of FOGBs through any ABCD optical system. It is to note that the output beam is of the same family as the input beam. This finding is regarded as a generalization of several studies of literature which are derived as particular cases of our investigation.

3. Particular Cases

1) Ordinary Finite Airy-Gaussian Beams through an ABCD Optical System

This case is obtained when. Under this condition, the incident beam reduces to a Finite Airy-Gaussian one given by the following expression

(8)

By the use of Equation (7) and under the above condition, the output electrical field of the Finite Airy- Gaussian beam travelling any ABCD optical system reads to

(9)

This result is similar to that found by Bandres et al. [18] .

2) Olver-Gaussian Beams through an ABCD Optical System

This case can be obtained when. The incident field takes the form of Olver-Gaussian beam given by

(10)

This beam passes through an ABCD optical system to give another beam of the same family where its form is obtained from Equation (7) by replacing a_{0} by 0 and is expressed as

(11)

Yet, if and, which is the case studied by Bandres and Vega [18] , we find the output field as follows

(12)

This result is a particular case, when, of the principle study of Ref. [18] concerning the diffraction of the finite Airy-Gaussian beam by an ABCD optical system.

3) Finite Olver Beam through an ABCD Optical System

When, the incident beam can be changed to a Finite Olver one governed by the following equation

(13)

Under this condition, the output electrical field of the Finite Olver beams through an ABCD optical system is given by

(14)

If and, the input field reduces to

(15)

which corresponds to a Finite Airy beam. The output field of this beam through an ABCD is deduced from our principle result established in Equation (7) taking into account the parameters chosen above and it is expressed as

(16)

This expression is the same of the principle result of Ref. [32] .

4. Numerical Calculations and Analysis

Equation (7) will be simulated numerically in three particular cases: Fractional Fourier Transform (FFT) system, Free space system and Thin Lens system.

1) FOGBs through a FFT System

The transfer matrix corresponding to a FFT system is given by:

(17)

with, P is the fractional index and F is the standard focal length. If we substitute Equation (17) in Equation (7), one obtains the following expression

(18)

The intensity distribution of the Finite zeroth-order Olver-Gauss beams is illustrated numerically in Figure 1 and compared with that given in Ref. [32] concerning the properties of Finite Airy beams passing through a FFT system.

(a)(b)

Figure 1. Intensity distribution of zeroth FOGBs through a FFT system with different fractional orders: P = 0.4, 0.8 and 1.2 with (a) b_{0} = 0 and (b) b_{0} = 1.

In Figure 2 and Figure 3, we plot the intensity profile of the Finite Olver Beams in the first and second beam orders (n = 1, 2), which allows us to examine the effect of b_{0} (b_{0} = 0 and 1) and Fractional order P on the propagation characteristics of Olver beams through a FFT optical system. The calculations parameters, used in the compilation of these figures, are:, , and and 1.

From the plots of Figure 3, it appears that the intensity distribution is the same for the values of the FFT orders P = 0.4 and P = 0.8. For these values, we remark that the secondary lobes of the Finite Olver beams are situated in the negative x-directions. However, the oscillations of the considered beams are displaced towards the positive part of the transverse x-coordinate when the FFT order P takes the value 1.2. The oscillations of the Olver beams totally disappear with the presence of the Gaussian term in Figure 3(b) whatever the FFT order P. This is could be more evident, because the rule of the Gaussian envelope, already, is to avoid the oscillations presented by the nondiffracting beams.

2) FOGBs through a Free Space

The transfer matrix which represent the Free Space of the axial distance z is found to be given as

(19)

From Equation (7), one obtains the output field as:

(20)

In Figure 4, we give the output intensity distribution of FOGBs through a Free space optical system at propagation distance z = 1000 mm with a_{0} = 0.1 for the beam order n = 2 and for two values of ω_{0}: 4 and 12 mm. From this figure one can deduced that the amplitude profile of the intensity distribution expands completely with an increase of the beam spot size with seeing the effect of the Gaussian parameter b_{0}. It can be seen that much as ω_{0} increases as the beam spot becomes wider either with or without Gaussian term. Always, the secondary lobes vanish if the Finite Olver beams are modulated by a Gaussian envelope.

Figure 5 depicts the output intensity distribution of FOGBs of different orders, n = 2, through a free space, for each order, at propagation distances and. The plots are presented in order to compare the behavior of each beam for each propagation distance z. The graphs of this figure show that the intensity distribution of the beam exiting the optical system (in this case: the free space) remains unchanged in shape and distribution with the propagation distance z. Thus, the plots of this figure prove that the Olver beams are less diffracting in free space, because the change of the parameters, especially the propagation distance, haven’t effects on the intensity distribution and the output beam profile at the receiver plane of the optical system.

3) FOGBs through a Thin Lens

We consider an optical system formed with a thin lens followed by a free space. The matrix corresponding to the considered optical system is characterised by

(21)

In this case, the output field can be written as

(a)(b)

Figure 2. Intensity distribution of FOGBs of order n = 1 through a FFT system with different fractional orders: P = 0.4, 0.8 and 1.2 with (a) b_{0} = 0 and (b) b_{0} = 1.

(a)(b)

Figure 3. Intensity distribution of FOGBs of order n = 2 through a FFT system with different fractional orders: P = 0.4, 0.8 and 1.2 with (a) b_{0} = 0 and (b) b_{0} = 1.

(a)(b)

Figure 4. Intensity distribution of FOGBs of order n = 2 through free space system with two values of. (a) and (b).

(a)(b)

Figure 5. Intensity distribution of FOGBs of order n = 2 through a free space system with two values of z (in mm) and (a) and (b).

(22)

In Figure 6 and Figure 7, we plot the amplitude of the intensity distribution of Finite Olver-Gaussian beams

(a)(b)

Figure 6. Intensity distribution of zeroth FOGBs through a thin lens system with two values of f with (a) b_{0} = 0 and (b) b_{0} = 1.

(a)(b)

Figure 7. Intensity distribution of FOGBs of order n = 2 through a thin lens system with two values of f with (a) b_{0} = 0 and (b) b_{0} = 1.

through thin lenses of focal lengths f = 150 mm, 200 mm and 500 mm, respectively. According to the graphs of these figures, the choice of f acts mostly on the propagation distance of the beam. Also, one remarks that the Gaussian term has a major effect on the elimination of secondary lobes of the beam leaving the thin lens outgoing. The side lobes totally vanish for b_{0} = 1. From the illustrations of these figures, it is provided that as far as the thin lens focal length f increases as much as the spot width of the beam leaving the thin lens deceases. Usually, the oscillations of the beam exiting in the thin lens disappear with a modulation of the Finite Olver beams by a Gaussian transmittance.

The numerical simulations performed above show that the secondary lobes present in the intensity distribution of a FOGBS, at the receiver plane optical system, vanish with the presence of the Gaussian modulation whatever the FOGBs order and whatever the optical system.

5. Conclusion

In this study, by means of the Collins diffraction integral formula, a general exact analytical expression of the properties of the propagation of a Finite Olver-Gaussian beam through any paraxial complex ABCD optical sys- tem is developed. This formula considered the main finding of the work is applied for the Fractional Fourier transform, the free space and the thin lens as examples of optical systems and three analytical expressions are developed, respectively. The properties of Finite Airy-Gaussian, Finite Olver, Finite Airy, Olver-Gaussian, Airy-Gaussian beams traveling an ABCD optical system are derived as particular cases of our principle investi- gation. In order to examine the impact of some parameters, such as the propagation distance, the fractional dis- tance and the focal length on the propagation characteristics of the FOGBs through the above optical systems, several numerical calculations are performed in the study. The obtained formulae developed in the present work form the basis for the propagation of an important beams family through any paraxial complex ABCD optical system and can be extended in a future study to any medium as misaligned optical systems or turbulent atmos- phere.

NOTES

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Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

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