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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 17 — Aug. 15, 2011
  • pp: 16448–16454

Generation of Airy solitary-like wave beams by acceleration control in inhomogeneous media

Sabino Chávez-Cerda, Ulises Ruiz, Victor Arrizón, and Héctor M. Moya-Cessa  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 17, pp. 16448-16454 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.016448


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Abstract

We investigate the propagation of Airy beams in linear gradient index inhomogeneous media. We demonstrate that by controlling the gradient strength of the medium it is possible to reduce to zero their acceleration. We show that the resulting Airy wave beam propagates in straight line due to the balance between two opposite effects, one due to the inhomogeneous medium and the other to the diffraction of the beam, in a similar way as a solitary wave in a nonlinear inhomogeneous medium. Going even further we were able to invert the sign of the acceleration of the beam.

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OCIS Codes
(000.3860) General : Mathematical methods in physics
(080.1510) Geometric optics : Propagation methods
(080.5692) Geometric optics : Ray trajectories in inhomogeneous media
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation
(260.2710) Physical optics : Inhomogeneous optical media

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 15, 2011
Revised Manuscript: July 28, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 28, 2011
Published: August 11, 2011

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Sabino Chávez-Cerda, Ulises Ruiz, Victor Arrizón, and Héctor M. Moya-Cessa, "Generation of Airy solitary-like wave beams by acceleration control in inhomogeneous media," Opt. Express 19, 16448-16454 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-17-16448


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