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