We demonstrate that hollow Gaussian beams can be obtained from Fourier transform of the differentials of a Gaussian beam, and thus they can be generated by spatial filtering in the Fourier domain with spatial filters that consist of binomial combinations of even-order Hermite polynomials. A typical optical system and a Michelson interferometer type system are proposed to implement the proposed scheme. Numerical results have proved the validity and effectiveness of this method. Furthermore, other polynomial Gaussian beams can also be generated by using this scheme. This approach is simple and may find significant applications in generating the dark hollow beams for nanophotonic technology.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
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