Abstract

We present a practical algorithm for designing an aperture field (source) that propagates along a predefined generic beam trajectory that consists of both convex and concave sections. We employ here the mechanism that forms the well-known Airy beam in which the beam trajectory follows a smooth convex caustic of the geometric optics rays and generalize it for a class of beams that are referred to as “caustic beams” (CBs). The implementation is based on “back-tracing” rays from the predefined beam trajectory to the source’s aperture to form its phase distribution. The amplitude is set in order to form a uniform smooth amplitude of the CBs along their trajectories. Several numerical examples are included.

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