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  • Editor: Xi-Cheng Zhang
  • Vol. 39, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2014
  • pp: 4557–4560

Generation of Airy beams by four-wave mixing in Rubidium vapor cell

Dong Wei, Ya Yu, Mingtao Cao, Liyun Zhang, Fengjuan Ye, Wenge Guo, Shougang Zhang, Hong Gao, and Fuli Li  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 39, Issue 15, pp. 4557-4560 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.39.004557


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Abstract

We report on an experimental generation of Airy beams by four-wave mixing (FWM) in atomic vapor cells. This is achieved by using a non-degenerate FWM process, which occurs with two Gaussian pump beams and one Airy signal beam in hot Rubidium vapor. After satisfying the phase matching condition, a FWM field with the profile of an Airy beam can be generated. In our experiment, the diffraction-free and self-healing behaviors of the generated FWM beam are examined. The results shown that the generated FWM beam is an Airy beam. The nonlinear generation process can be extended to other configurations in the atomic medium, which will be useful for manipulation and application of Airy beams in atomic systems.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(190.4380) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, four-wave mixing
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 6, 2014
Revised Manuscript: June 28, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: June 29, 2014
Published: July 29, 2014

Citation
Dong Wei, Ya Yu, Mingtao Cao, Liyun Zhang, Fengjuan Ye, Wenge Guo, Shougang Zhang, Hong Gao, and Fuli Li, "Generation of Airy beams by four-wave mixing in Rubidium vapor cell," Opt. Lett. 39, 4557-4560 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-39-15-4557

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