Abstract

Approximate analytic expressions are obtained for evaluating the axial intensity and the central-lobe diameter of J0 Bessel beams transmitted through a finite-aperture phase filter. A reasonable quality factor governing the axial-intensity behavior of a phase-undistorted truncated Bessel beam is found to be the inverse square root of the Fresnel number defined, for a given aperture, from the axial point of geometrical shadow. Additional drastic reduction of axial-intensity oscillations is accomplished by using marginal phase correction of the beam instead of the well-known amplitude apodization. A procedure for analytically calculating an optimal monotonic slowly varying correction phase function is described.

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