Abstract

We describe propagation in a uniaxially anisotropic medium by relying on a suitable plane-wave angular-spectrum representation of the electromagnetic field. We obtain paraxial expressions for both ordinary and extraordinary components that satisfy two decoupled parabolic equations. As an application, we obtain, for a particular input beam (a quasi-Gaussian beam), analytical results that allow us to identify some relevant features of propagation in uniaxial crystals.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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