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Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference
Baltimore, Maryland United States
May 1-6, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-55752-910-7
Linear and Nonlinear Wave Propagation (QThS)

Observation of auto-focusing radially symmetric Airy beams

Peng Zhang, Jai Prakash, Ze Zhang, Yi Hu, Nikos Efremidis, V. Kajorndejnukul, Demetrios Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen  »View Author Affiliations


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We demonstrate optical beam auto-focusing without the need of a focusing lens or nonlinearity. Radial Airy beams with inward and outward accelerations are used and an abrupt transition between Airy and Bessel behavior is observed.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation

P. Zhang, J. Prakash, Z. Zhang, Y. Hu, N. Efremidis, V. Kajorndejnukul, D. Christodoulides, and Z. Chen, "Observation of auto-focusing radially symmetric Airy beams," in CLEO:2011 - Laser Applications to Photonic Applications, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2011), paper QThS7.

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