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.
© 2011 Optical Society of America
Diffraction and Gratings
Original Manuscript: February 25, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 31, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 13, 2011
Published: May 9, 2011
Dimitrios G. Papazoglou, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, and Stelios Tzortzakis, "Observation of abruptly autofocusing waves," Opt. Lett. 36, 1842-1844 (2011)