Abstract

Explicit expressions for the M 2 factor and field distribution of flattened Gaussian beams that propagate through an unapertured paraxial ABCD system are derived and illustrated with numerical examples. We show that the far-field expression of flattened Gaussian beams can be readily obtained by use of our results.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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