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  • Vol. 35, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2010
  • pp: 4045–4047

Abruptly autofocusing waves

Nikolaos K. Efremidis and Demetrios N. Christodoulides  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 23, pp. 4045-4047 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.35.004045


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Abstract

We introduce a new class of ( 2 + 1 ) D spatial and ( 3 + 1 ) D spatiotemporal waves that tend to autofocus in an abrupt fashion. While the maximum intensity of such a radial wave remains almost constant during propagation, it suddenly increases by orders of magnitude right before its focal point. These waves can be generated through the use of radially symmetric Airy waves or by appropriately superimposing Airy wave packets. Possible applications of such abruptly focusing beams are also discussed.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: August 26, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 24, 2010
Published: November 29, 2010

Citation
Nikolaos K. Efremidis and Demetrios N. Christodoulides, "Abruptly autofocusing waves," Opt. Lett. 35, 4045-4047 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-35-23-4045


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