Three-dimensional arrays of optical bottle beams

D. McGloin*, G. C. Spalding, H. Melville, W. Sibbett, K. Dholakia

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We demonstrate the production of an optical beam with a number of embedded optical bottles. We generate this beam by passing a Laguerre-Gaussian beam, with a radial mode index of p > 1, through an axicon. Such beams are found to possess the "non-diffracting" properties of a Bessel beam while having unusual intensity distributions along the propagation distance. A beam with a single radial node has an on-axis intensity with an intensity minima within the propagation distance, surrounded by a high intensity region. This creating an optical bottle beam with cylindrical symmetry. The production of non-diffracting multiple-cavity beams - a three-dimensional array of optical bottles - is also shown.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-222
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2003

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work is supported by the UK’s EPSRC and the Leverhulme Trust. G.C.S. is also supported by an award from the Research Corporation and by the National Science Foundation through Grant No. DMR-0216631.


  • Bessel beams
  • Bottle beams
  • Laguerre-Gaussian beams
  • Optical tweezers
  • Spatial light modulators


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