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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 3 — Feb. 1, 2008
  • pp: 207–209

Ballistic dynamics of Airy beams

G. A. Siviloglou, J. Broky, A. Dogariu, and D. N. Christodoulides  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 3, pp. 207-209 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000207


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Abstract

We demonstrate both theoretically and experimentally that optical Airy beams propagating in free space can perform ballistic dynamics akin to those of projectiles moving under the action of gravity. The parabolic trajectories of these beams as well as the motion of their center of gravity were observed in good agreement with theory. The possibility of circumventing an obstacle placed in the path of the Airy beam is discussed.

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

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: November 20, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 11, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 12, 2007
Published: January 15, 2008

Citation
G. A. Siviloglou, J. Broky, A. Dogariu, and D. N. Christodoulides, "Ballistic dynamics of Airy beams," Opt. Lett. 33, 207-209 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-3-207


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