Non-orthonormal Gaussian-type modes and their bi-orthonormal partner sets

M.J. Bastiaans, T. Alieva

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Hermite and Laguerre polynomials and their associated Hermite-Gaussian and Laguerre-Gaussian functions - or modes - are widely used in physics and information processing. Schemes to convert Hermite-Gaussian into Laguerre-Gaussian modes by means of appropriate linear canonical integral transformations - or first-order optical systems - are well known. In some recent papers, generalizations of these polynomials and their associated Gaussian functions were proposed; we mention Wünsche's Hermite and Laguerre two-dimensional polynomials and functions, and Abramochkin's Hermite-Laguerre-Gaussian modes. For all these cases we have a generating function that has a Gaussian form. In this paper we propose a unified approach for the description of all polynomials and functions that are characterized by a Gaussian-type generating function, leading to a general class of sets of Gaussian-type modes; the polynomials and functions mentioned above, then appear as special cases. The general class contains not only the sets of orthonormal Hermite-Gaussian-type modes - with Hermite-Gaussian, Laguerre-Gaussian, and Hermite-Laguerre-Gaussian modes as examples - but includes also mode sets that are not orthonormal. It will be shown that, in the non-orthonormal case, any set of modes has an associated bi-orthonormal partner set from the same class; in the orthonormal case, this bi-orthonormal partner set is then simply identical to the original set. From the generating function, we will construct derivative relations and recurrence relations between Gaussian-type modes, and from these we will derive a closed form expression for them. Furthermore, it is shown that the evolution of non-orthonormal Gaussian-type modes under linear canonical integral transformations can be described by the same mechanism as used for the evolution of orthonormal Hermite-Gaussian-type modes, when, simultaneously, the associated bio-orthonormal modes are taken into account.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelProc. ICOL 2005, the International Conference on Optics and Optoelectronics, Dehradun, India, Paper PP.OIP.2
Plaats van productieDehradun, India
UitgeverijInstrument Research & Development Establishment
StatusGepubliceerd - 2005

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    Bastiaans, M. J., & Alieva, T. (2005). Non-orthonormal Gaussian-type modes and their bi-orthonormal partner sets. In Proc. ICOL 2005, the International Conference on Optics and Optoelectronics, Dehradun, India, Paper PP.OIP.2 (blz. PP.OIP.2.1-6). Dehradun, India: Instrument Research & Development Establishment.