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  • Vol. 6, Iss. 7 — Jul. 27, 2011

General quasi-nonspreading linear three-dimensional wave packets

Olga V. Borovkova, Yaroslav V. Kartashov, Valery E. Lobanov, Victor A. Vysloukh, and Lluis Torner  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 12, pp. 2176-2178 (2011)

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We introduce a general approach for generation of sets of three-dimensional quasi-nonspreading wave packets propagating in linear media, also referred to as linear light bullets. The spectrum of rigorously nonspreading wave packets in media with anomalous group velocity dispersion is localized on the surface of a sphere, thus drastically restricting the possible wave packet shapes. However, broadening slightly the spectrum affords the generation of a large variety of quasi-nonspreading distributions featuring complex topologies and shapes in space and time that are of interest in different areas, such as biophysics or nanosurgery. Here we discuss the method and show several illustrative examples of its potential.

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OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: March 30, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: May 4, 2011
Published: June 3, 2011

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Vol. 6, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Olga V. Borovkova, Yaroslav V. Kartashov, Valery E. Lobanov, Victor A. Vysloukh, and Lluis Torner, "General quasi-nonspreading linear three-dimensional wave packets," Opt. Lett. 36, 2176-2178 (2011)

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