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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2012
  • pp: 1736–1738

Sending femtosecond pulses in circles: highly nonparaxial accelerating beams

F. Courvoisier, A. Mathis, L. Froehly, R. Giust, L. Furfaro, P. A. Lacourt, M. Jacquot, and J. M. Dudley  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 10, pp. 1736-1738 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.001736


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Abstract

We use caustic beam shaping on 100 fs pulses to experimentally generate nonparaxial accelerating beams along a 60° circular arc, moving laterally by 14 µm over a 28 µm propagation length. This is the highest degree of transverse acceleration reported to our knowledge. Using diffraction integral theory and numerical beam propagation simulations, we show that circular acceleration trajectories represent a unique class of nonparaxial diffraction-free beam profile which also preserves the femtosecond temporal structure in the vicinity of the caustic.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(320.2250) Ultrafast optics : Femtosecond phenomena
(070.6120) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 17, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 28, 2012
Published: May 15, 2012

Citation
F. Courvoisier, A. Mathis, L. Froehly, R. Giust, L. Furfaro, P. A. Lacourt, M. Jacquot, and J. M. Dudley, "Sending femtosecond pulses in circles: highly nonparaxial accelerating beams," Opt. Lett. 37, 1736-1738 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-10-1736


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