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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2010
  • pp: 3129–3131

Generation and nonlinear self-trapping of optical propelling beams

Peng Zhang, Simon Huang, Yi Hu, Daniel Hernandez, and Zhigang Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 18, pp. 3129-3131 (2010)

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We generate optical beams with rotating intensity blades by employing the moiré technique. We show that the number of the blades and the speed and direction of rotation can be controlled at ease with a spatial light modulator, while no mechanical movement or phase-sensitive interference is involved. By applying a noninstantaneous self-focusing nonlinearity, we demonstrate both theoretically and experimentally self-trapping of such optical propelling beams.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Moire' techniques
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in
(190.6135) Nonlinear optics : Spatial solitons

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: August 2, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 13, 2010
Published: September 15, 2010

Peng Zhang, Simon Huang, Yi Hu, Daniel Hernandez, and Zhigang Chen, "Generation and nonlinear self-trapping of optical propelling beams," Opt. Lett. 35, 3129-3131 (2010)

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