Abstract

When a Gaussian beam is apertured, it undergoes a focal shift as well as a phase shift. The focal shift has been investigated extensively although the phase shift has seldom been discussed. We analyze the phase shift of the apertured Gaussian beam. Furthermore we point out that the phase aperture may be used to transform the intensity distribution of the Gaussian beam to obtain a more concentrated beam, to realize uniformity of the Gaussian beam, and to obtain a ring beam.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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