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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 3 — Feb. 10, 2014
  • pp: 3490–3500

Accelerating light beams with arbitrarily transverse shapes

Adrian Ruelas, Jeffrey A. Davis, Ignacio Moreno, Don M. Cottrell, and Miguel A. Bandres  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 3490-3500 (2014)

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Accelerating beams are wave packets that preserve their shape while propagating along curved trajectories. Their unique characteristics have opened the door to applications that range from optical micromanipulation and plasma-channel generation to laser micromachining. Here, we demonstrate, theoretically and experimentally, that accelerating beams can be generated with a variety of arbitrarily chosen transverse shapes. We present a general method to construct such beams in the paraxial and nonparaxial regime and demonstrate experimentally their propagation in the paraxial case. The key ingredient of our method is the use of the spectral representation of the accelerating beams, which offers a unique and compact description of these beams. The on-demand accelerating light patterns described here are likely to give rise to new applications and add versatility to the current ones.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
(070.3185) Fourier optics and signal processing : Invariant optical fields
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: October 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 27, 2013
Published: February 6, 2014

Adrian Ruelas, Jeffrey A. Davis, Ignacio Moreno, Don M. Cottrell, and Miguel A. Bandres, "Accelerating light beams with arbitrarily transverse shapes," Opt. Express 22, 3490-3500 (2014)

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