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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 22 — Oct. 25, 2010
  • pp: 23504–23516

Dual Airy beam

Chi-Young Hwang, Dawoon Choi, Kyoung-Youm Kim, and Byoungho Lee  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 22, pp. 23504-23516 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.023504


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Abstract

We derive a general form of Airy wave function which satisfies paraxial equation of diffraction. Based on this, we propose a new form of Airy beam, which is composed of two symmetrical Airy beams which accelerate mutually in the opposite directions. This ‘dual’ Airy beam shows several distinguishing features: it has a symmetric transverse intensity pattern and improved self-regeneration property. In addition, we can easily control the propagation direction. We also propose ‘quad’ Airy beam, which forms a rectangular shaped optical array of narrow beams that travel along a straight line. We can control its propagation direction without changing transverse intensity patterns. These kinds of superposed optical beams are expected to be useful for various applications with their unique properties.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: September 29, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 20, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 21, 2010
Published: October 22, 2010

Citation
Chi-Young Hwang, Dawoon Choi, Kyoung-Youm Kim, and Byoungho Lee, "Dual Airy beam," Opt. Express 18, 23504-23516 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-22-23504


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