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A concise and universal method for deriving arbitrary paraxial and non-paraxial cylindrical Gaussian-type light modes

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posted on 2023-01-11, 22:15 authored by Tomasz Radożycki
A concise method of deriving expressions for Gaussian-like solutions of the paraxial and d'Alembert equations is presented. This method is based on the Hankel transform. Choosing some Gaussian base functions with slight modifications of the prefactor all basic beams of cylindrical character can be easily obtained. This refers to Gaussian, Bessel-Gaussian, modified Bessel-Gaussian, Laguerre-Gaussian and Kummer-Gaussian (i.e., Hypergeometric-Gaussian) beams although potentially other beams can come into play as well. For instance a new type of a beam that can be derived in this way is described through the incomplete gamma function so it may be called a $\gamma$ beam.

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