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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1678–1680

Accelerating parabolic beams

Miguel A. Bandres  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 15, pp. 1678-1680 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.001678


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Abstract

We demonstrate the existence of accelerating parabolic beams that constitute, together with the Airy beams, the only orthogonal and complete families of solutions of the two-dimensional paraxial wave equation that exhibit the unusual ability to remain diffraction-free and freely accelerate during propagation. Since the accelerating parabolic beams, like the Airy beams, carry infinite energy, we present exact finite-energy accelerating parabolic beams that still retain their unusual features over several diffraction lengths.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 23, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 6, 2008
Published: July 22, 2008

Citation
Miguel A. Bandres, "Accelerating parabolic beams," Opt. Lett. 33, 1678-1680 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-15-1678

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