## Abstract

Many laser interaction models assume that incident focused laser fields are Gaussian and use either the approximate TEM_{00} series model or the exact integral Gaussian angular-spectrum solution. Many practical laser systems, however, produce flat-top transverse intensity profiles, and indeed, such profiles are often desired. Here, an exact, integral solution is derived for all of the vector components having a general flattened Gaussian profile using the angular-spectrum method. This solution includes the pure and annular Gaussian modes as special cases. The resulting integrals are solved for tight focusing conditions exactly by making use of a Fourier-Gegenbauer expansion. This technique follows closely that of Sepke and Umstadter [Opt. Lett. 31, 1447 (2006)] but, by redefining the expansion coefficients, the simplicity of the model is greatly enhanced and the computation time reduced by roughly a factor of 2 beyond the 2 orders of magnitude improvement obtained previously. This series solution is stable at all points and converges after S ∼ 20w_{0} terms, where w_{0} is the 1/e waist normalized to the laser wavelength.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 2157-2165 |

Number of pages | 9 |

Journal | Journal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics |

Volume | 23 |

Issue number | 10 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Oct 2006 |

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics