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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 1996
  • pp: 24–26

Self-focusing and self-trapping of optical beams upon photopolymerization

Anthony S. Kewitsch and Amnon Yariv  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 21, Issue 1, pp. 24-26 (1996)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.21.000024


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Abstract

We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that optical beams are self-focused and self-trapped upon initiating photopolymerization. This unique nonlinear optical phenomenon is dependent on the optical exposure and produces permanent index-of-refraction changes larger than 0.04. The resulting nonlinear wave equation is shown to be nonlocal in time and displays self-trapped solutions only for sufficiently low average optical intensities.

© 1996 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: October 2, 1995
Published: January 1, 1996

Citation
Anthony S. Kewitsch and Amnon Yariv, "Self-focusing and self-trapping of optical beams upon photopolymerization," Opt. Lett. 21, 24-26 (1996)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-21-1-24

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