Abstract

We demonstrate that when a partially coherent beam with a Gaussian intensity distribution is focused by a lens, the desired partially coherent flat-topped intensity distribution or doughnut-shaped intensity distribution at the geometrical focus can be generated by choice of appropriate form of spectral degree of coherence. We provide a novel approach to beam shaping of a partially coherent beam and offer new schemes for their potential applications such as material processing, optical therapy, and optical tweezers.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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