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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2012
  • pp: 1871–1873

Evolution of Airy beams in a chiral medium

Fei Zhuang, Xinyue Du, Yuqian Ye, and Daomu Zhao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 11, pp. 1871-1873 (2012)

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We study the evolution of Airy beams in chiral media. We numerically demonstrate that the circularly polarized Airy beams of opposite handedness can be separated when traveling through the chiral media. The constructive interference of the Airy beams in the near- and far-zone is explicitly analyzed by varying the chirality parameter of the medium. It is interesting to find that the self-acceleration of the beam is sensitive to the interference term.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(070.2590) Fourier optics and signal processing : ABCD transforms
(160.1585) Materials : Chiral media
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: February 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 4, 2012
Published: May 21, 2012

Fei Zhuang, Xinyue Du, Yuqian Ye, and Daomu Zhao, "Evolution of Airy beams in a chiral medium," Opt. Lett. 37, 1871-1873 (2012)

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