Airy-like field under high numerical aperture optical system


The tightly focused field of an incident light beam through cubic phase modulation has been investigated by vectorial diffraction theory. For different modulation index of cubic phase and polarization states of the incident light, the focused fields have been presented. The results show that the Airy-like field can be produced by cubic phase modulation under high numerical aperture (NA) optical system. Intensity pattern and length of the main lobe are depended on modulation index for the spatial uniform polarization, and the Airy-like field is affected by polarization state for the spatial nonuniform polarization. It is helpful to structure new optical fields in optical manipulation, optical imaging, and surface plasma controlling.

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This work was supported in part by the National Key Research and Development Program of China (Nos. 2017YFC0110303 and 2016YFF0101400); the National Basic Research Program of China (973 Program) (No. 2015CB352003); the Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang province (No. LR16F050001); the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities (No. 2017FZA5004); and the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai (No. 16ZR1412900).

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Yong Liu obtained his Ph.D. degree from University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai, China, in 2007. Currently, he is an associate professor at Shanghai University of Electric Power, Shanghai, China. His research interests are point spread function engineering and new imaging method. He focuses on optical microscopy imaging and optical coherence tomography.

Zhifeng Zhang received his Ph.D. degree in optical engineering from Beijing Jiaotong University. He is an associate professor and a Master tutor at the Zhengzhou University of Light Industry. His research interests are mainly in research and design of novel optical instruments and computer imaging technique.

Cuifang Kuang obtained his Ph.D. degree from Beijing Jiaotong University, Beijing, China, in 2007. Currently, he is a professor at Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China. He recently focuses on optical superresolution and optical microscopy imaging.

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Liu, Y., Zhang, Z. & Kuang, C. Airy-like field under high numerical aperture optical system. Front. Optoelectron. 12, 397–404 (2019).

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  • diffraction
  • cubic phase
  • optical field
  • Airy beam