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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 4 — Feb. 25, 2013
  • pp: 4481–4492

Propagation characteristics of Airy-Bessel wave packets in free space

Zhijun Ren, Qiong Wu, Hefa Mao, Yile Shi, and Changjiang Fan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 4, pp. 4481-4492 (2013)

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Airy-Bessel configuration wave packets are believed to be exotic localized linear light bullets (LLBs) without spatiotemporal spread during propagation in free space. By carefully studying the propagation of ideal Airy-Bessel wave packets (ABWs) in free space, several new results were obtained. Cubic spatially induced dispersion (SID) slightly broadens Airy pulses while quadratic SID cannot temporally change ABWs transmission modes. Hence, ABWs, although remaining as superior localized linear wave packets, cannot be regarded as absolute LLBs. Moreover, cubic SID also decreases the longitudinal acceleration of the Airy pulse peak during propagation.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(070.3185) Fourier optics and signal processing : Invariant optical fields
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

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Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: December 13, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 6, 2013
Published: February 13, 2013

Zhijun Ren, Qiong Wu, Hefa Mao, Yile Shi, and Changjiang Fan, "Propagation characteristics of Airy-Bessel wave packets in free space," Opt. Express 21, 4481-4492 (2013)

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