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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 15 — Jul. 20, 2009
  • pp: 13236–13245

Propagation characteristics of Airy beams: dependence upon spatial coherence and wavelength

J. E. Morris, M. Mazilu, J. Baumgartl, T. Čižmár, and K. Dholakia  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 15, pp. 13236-13245 (2009)

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We generate a broadband “white light” Airy beam and characterize the dependence of the beam properties on wavelength. Experimental results are presented showing that the beam’s deflection coefficient and its characteristic length are wavelength dependent. In contrast the aperture coefficient is not wavelength dependent. However, this coefficient depends on the spatial coherence of the beam. We model this behaviour theoretically by extending the Gaussian-Schell model to describe the effect of spatial coherence on the propagation of Airy beams. The experimental results are compared to the model and good agreement is observed.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 11, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 14, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 15, 2009
Published: July 17, 2009

J. E. Morris, M. Mazilu, J. Baumgartl, T. Cižmár, and K. Dholakia, "Propagation characteristics of Airy beams: dependence upon spatial coherence and wavelength," Opt. Express 17, 13236-13245 (2009)

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