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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2011
  • pp: 1842–1844

Observation of abruptly autofocusing waves

Dimitrios G. Papazoglou, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Stelios Tzortzakis  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 10, pp. 1842-1844 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001842


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Abstract

We report on the experimental observation of abruptly autofocusing waves. This interesting family of wave packets has been realized by using a radially symmetric Airy intensity distribution. As demonstrated in our experiments, these waves can exhibit unusual features, such as the ability to autofocus by following a parabolic trajectory toward their focus.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(320.0320) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: February 25, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 13, 2011
Published: May 9, 2011

Citation
Dimitrios G. Papazoglou, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Stelios Tzortzakis, "Observation of abruptly autofocusing waves," Opt. Lett. 36, 1842-1844 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-10-1842


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