Abstract

By expanding the hard aperture function into a finite sum of complex Gaussian functions, approximate analytical formulas for a decentered Gaussian beam (DEGB) passing through apertured aligned and misaligned paraxial apertured paraxial optical systems are derived in terms of a tensor method. The results obtained by using the approximate analytical expression are in good agreement with those obtained by using the numerical integral calculation. Furthermore, approximate analytical formulas for a decentered elliptical Hermite–Gaussian beam (DEHGB) through apertured paraxial optical systems are derived. As an application example, approximate analytical formulas for a decentered elliptical flattened Gaussian beam through apertured paraxial optical systems are derived. Our results provide a convenient way for studying the propagation and transformation of a DEGB and a DEHGB through apertured paraxial optical systems.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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