We report the first observation of Airy optical beams. These wavepackets have been realized in both one- and two-dimensional configurations. It is demonstrated experimentally that these non-diffracting Airy beams tend to freely accelerate during propagation.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(350.0350) Other areas of optics : Other areas of optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
J. Broky, G. Siviloglou, A. Dogariu, and D. Christodoulides, "Observation of Accelerating Airy Beams," in Frontiers in Optics 2007/Laser Science XXIII/Organic Materials and Devices for Displays and Energy Conversion, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2007), paper PDP_B3.
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