Abstract

We demonstrated a simple heart-shaped hole to tailor the axial intensity of a collimated laser beam. This hole is transformed from a soft-boundary one, which avoids the difficulty in fabricating the soft-boundary mask designed by the apodization method, as well as the interference problem caused by the pixel structure of the spatial light modulator. When a collimated light passes through this hole, its axial intensity oscillates less than 11% within a certain distance, while the fluctuation after the circular aperture is up to 200%. We compared the propagation of beams after this hole and a circular aperture experimentally and theoretically. The results show that this hole is a useful tool to get the laser beam with uniform axial intensity.

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