Applied Physics B

, Volume 99, Issue 3, pp 579–584 | Cite as

On the longitudinal polarization of non-paraxial electromagnetic fields

  • R. Martínez-Herrero
  • P. M. Mejías
  • A. Manjavacas
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Abstract

Within the framework of the angular plane-wave spectrum of the electromagnetic field, the general form is given for the freely-propagating beams, exact solution of the Maxwell equations, that closely approach (in an algebraic sense) to a purely-longitudinal vectorial distribution at some transverse plane. In the rotationally symmetric case, such a field is written as the combination of radial and longitudinal components, whose propagation can be analysed independently. Several illustrative examples are also considered.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Martínez-Herrero
    • 1
  • P. M. Mejías
    • 1
  • A. Manjavacas
    • 2
  1. 1.Departamento de Óptica, Facultad de Ciencias FísicasUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Instituto de ÓpticaCSICMadridSpain

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