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  • Vol. 24, Iss. 17 — Sep. 1, 1999
  • pp: 1224–1226

Nonlinear optical catastrophe from a smooth initial beam

A. M. Deykoon, M. S. Soskin, and G. A. Swartzlander, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 24, Issue 17, pp. 1224-1226 (1999)

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We observed an optical cusp diffraction catastrophe with an initially smooth but elongated Gaussian beam with an aspect ratio of 2:1. Nonlinear and linear diffraction regimes account for the near-field elliptical annulus and the far-field spatially complex astroid.

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OCIS Codes
(080.1510) Geometric optics : Propagation methods
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in
(350.6830) Other areas of optics : Thermal lensing

A. M. Deykoon, M. S. Soskin, and G. A. Swartzlander, Jr., "Nonlinear optical catastrophe from a smooth initial beam," Opt. Lett. 24, 1224-1226 (1999)

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