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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 2 — Jan. 28, 2013
  • pp: 1615–1622

Generation of linear and nonlinear propagation of three-Airy beams

Yi Liang, Zhuoyi Ye, Daohong Song, Cibo Lou, Xinzheng Zhang, Jingjun Xu, and Zhigang Chen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 2, pp. 1615-1622 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.21.001615


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Abstract

We report the first experimental demonstration of the so-called three-Airy beams. Such beams represent a two-dimensional field that is a product (rather than simple superposition) of three Airy beams. Our experiments show that, in contrast to conventional Airy beams, this new family of Airy beams can be realized even without the use of truncation by finite apertures. Furthermore, we study linear and nonlinear propagation of the three-Airy beams in a photorefractive medium. It is found that a three-Airy beam tends to linearly diffract into a super-Gaussian-like beam, while under nonlinear propagation it either turns into three intensity spots with a self-defocusing nonlinearity or evolves into a self-trapped channel with a self-focusing nonlinearity.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 5, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 14, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 26, 2012
Published: January 15, 2013

Citation
Yi Liang, Zhuoyi Ye, Daohong Song, Cibo Lou, Xinzheng Zhang, Jingjun Xu, and Zhigang Chen, "Generation of linear and nonlinear propagation of three-Airy beams," Opt. Express 21, 1615-1622 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-21-2-1615


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