We present exact solutions of the wave equation involving an arbitrary wave form with a phase closely similar to the general astigmatic phase of paraxial wave optics. Special choices of the wave form allow general astigmatic beamlike and pulselike waves with a Gaussian-type unrestricted localization in space and time. These solutions are generalizations of the known Bateman-type waves obtained from the connection existing between beamlike solutions of the paraxial parabolic equation and relatively undistorted wave solutions of the wave equation. As a technical tool, we present a full description of parametrizations of 2 × 2 symmetric matrices with positive imaginary part, which arise in the theory of Gaussian beams.
|Journal||Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|