Gaussian-beam profile shaping by acousto-optic Bragg-diffraction
McNeill, M. D.
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We study how Gaussian laser-beam profiles can be modified into a desired form using acousto-optic Bragg diffraction. By exploiting the angular dependence of Bragg diffraction of plane waves by acoustic gratings, we demonstrate that the conversion from a Gaussian-profile beam into either a near-field or a far-field flattop profile is possible.