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


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


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