Generation of high-order Bessel beams by use of an axicon

Jochen Arlt, K Dholakia

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We demonstrate and analyse a method for efficiently generating a high-order Bessel beam of arbitrary order by illuminating an axicon with the appropriate Laguerre–Gaussian light beam. High-order Bessel beams offer distinct advantages over other ‘hollow’ light beams for atom guiding. Our high-order Bessel beam generation technique offers a direct method for coupling cold atoms into this optical atom guide.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-301
Number of pages5
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number1-6
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2000

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