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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 24 — Nov. 21, 2011
  • pp: 23706–23715

Self-accelerating optical beams in highly nonlocal nonlinear media

Rivka Bekenstein and Mordechai Segev  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 24, pp. 23706-23715 (2011)

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We find self-accelerating beams in highly nonlocal nonlinear optical media, and show that their propagation dynamics is strongly affected by boundary conditions. Specifically for the thermal optical nonlinearity, the boundary conditions have a strong impact on the beam trajectory: they can increase the acceleration during propagation, or even cause beam bending in a direction opposite to the initial trajectory. Under strong self-focusing, the accelerating beam decomposes into a localized self-trapped beam propagating on an oscillatory trajectory and a second beam which accelerates in a different direction. We augment this study by investigating the effects caused by a finite aperture and by a nonlinear range of a finite extent.

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OCIS Codes
(190.0190) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics
(190.6135) Nonlinear optics : Spatial solitons

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: September 9, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 23, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 24, 2011
Published: November 7, 2011

Rivka Bekenstein and Mordechai Segev, "Self-accelerating optical beams in highly nonlocal nonlinear media," Opt. Express 19, 23706-23715 (2011)

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