Abstract

The propagation of electromagnetic beams through uniaxial anisotropic media is investigated. The Maxwell equations are solved in the paraxial limit in terms of the plane-wave spectrum associated with each Cartesian field component. Attention is focused on the global changes in the spatial structure of the beam, which are described by means of the second-order intensity moment formalism. In particular, the propagation law for the intensity moments through this kind of media is obtained. As a consequence it is inferred that it is possible to improve the beam-quality parameter by using these media.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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