A review of well-known transformations, which allow us to pass from one solution of the paraxial wave equation (PWE) (in one transverse space variable) to another, is presented. Such transformations are framed within the unifying context of the Lie algebra formalism, being related indeed to symmetries of the PWE. Due to the closure property of the symmetry group of the PWE we are led to consider as not trivial only the linear and the quadratic exponential modulation (accordingly, accompanied by a suitable shift or scaling of the space variables) of the original solutions of the PWE, which are seen to be just conveyed by a linear and a quadratic exponential modulation of the relevant 'source' functions. We will see that recently introduced solutions of the 1D PWE in both rectangular and polar coordinates can be deduced from already known solutions through the resulting symmetry transformation related schemes. © 2010 IOP Publishing Ltd.
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- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics