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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2010
  • pp: 3952–3954

Persistence and breakdown of Airy beams driven by an initial nonlinearity

Yi Hu, Simon Huang, Peng Zhang, Cibo Lou, Jingjun Xu, and Zhigang Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 23, pp. 3952-3954 (2010)

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We study the behavior of Airy beams propagating from a nonlinear medium to a linear medium. We show that an Airy beam initially driven by a self-defocusing nonlinearity experiences anomalous diffraction and can maintain its shape in subsequent propagation, but its intensity pattern and acceleration cannot persist when driven by a self-focusing nonlinearity. The unusual behavior of Airy beams is examined from their energy flow as well as the Brillouin zone spectrum of self-induced chirped photonic lattices.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: September 8, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 7, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 19, 2010
Published: November 23, 2010

Yi Hu, Simon Huang, Peng Zhang, Cibo Lou, Jingjun Xu, and Zhigang Chen, "Persistence and breakdown of Airy beams driven by an initial nonlinearity," Opt. Lett. 35, 3952-3954 (2010)

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