Light beats the spread: "Non-diffracting" beams

Michael Mazilu, David James Stevenson, Frank Gunn-Moore, Kishan Dholakia

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"Non-diffracting" beams do not spread as they propagate. This property is useful in many areas. Here, the theory, generation, properties, and applications of various non-diffracting beams, including the Bessel beam, Mathieu beam, and Airy beam is reviewed. Applications include imaging, micromanipulation, nonlinear optics, and optical transfection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)529-547
Number of pages19
JournalLaser and Photonics Reviews
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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