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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2013
  • pp: 498–500

Observation of self-accelerating Bessel-like optical beams along arbitrary trajectories

Juanying Zhao, Peng Zhang, Dongmei Deng, Jingjiao Liu, Yuanmei Gao, Ioannis D. Chremmos, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 4, pp. 498-500 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.000498


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Abstract

We experimentally demonstrate self-accelerating Bessel-like optical beams propagating along arbitrary trajectories in free space. With computer-generated holography, such beams are designed to follow different controllable trajectories while their main lobe transverse profiles remain nearly invariant and symmetric. Examples include parabolic, snake-like, hyperbolic, hyperbolic secant, and even three-dimensional spiraling trajectories. The self-healing property of such beams is also demonstrated. This new class of optical beams can be considered as a hybrid between accelerating and nonaccelerating nondiffracting beams that may find a variety of applications.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(070.3185) Fourier optics and signal processing : Invariant optical fields
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: December 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 9, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 9, 2013
Published: February 12, 2013

Citation
Juanying Zhao, Peng Zhang, Dongmei Deng, Jingjiao Liu, Yuanmei Gao, Ioannis D. Chremmos, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Zhigang Chen, "Observation of self-accelerating Bessel-like optical beams along arbitrary trajectories," Opt. Lett. 38, 498-500 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-4-498

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