Realization of Free-Space Long-Distance Self-Healing Bessel Beams

Christian Vetter, Ralf Steinkopf, Klaus Bergner, Marco Ornigotti, Stefan Nolte, Herbert Gross, Alexander Szameit

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A new approach for generating long-distance self-healing Bessel beams, which is based on a ring-shaped (annular) lens and a spherical lens in 4f-configuration, is reported. With this, diffraction-free light evolution of a zeroth order Bessel beam over several meters is shown and available scaling opportunities that surpass current technologies by far are discussed. Furthermore, it is demonstrated how this setup can be adapted to create Bessel beam superpositions, realizing the longest ever reported optical conveyor beam and helicon beam, respectively. Last, the self-healing capabilities of the beams are tested against strong opaque and non-opaque scatterers, which again emphasizes the great potential of this new method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1900103
JournalLaser and Photonics Reviews
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • beam-shaping
  • Bessel-beams
  • laser-technology
  • self-healing
  • telecommunication

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 3

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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