Abstract

We define the width, divergence, and curvature radius for non-Gaussian and nonspherical light beams. A complex beam parameter is also defined as a function of the three previous ones. We then prove that the ABCD law remains valid for transforming the new complex beam parameter when a non-Gaussian and nonspherical, orthogonal, or cylindrical symmetric laser beam passes through a real ABCD optical system. The product of the minimum width multiplied by the divergence of the beam is invariant under ABCD transformations. Some examples are given.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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