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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)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.24.001224


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Abstract

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.

© 1999 Optical Society of America

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

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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)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-24-17-1224

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