Generation and control of accelerating airy beams in nonlinear photonic crystals

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Abstract

Airy beams [1] are beams whose transverse amplitude dependence at origin is defined by the Airy function. These beams have several unique properties: They are termed "non-diffracting" since the infinite Airy wavepacket does not spread as it propagates, and accelerating, since this wavepacket is centered around a parabolic trajectory in space. These unique features are still observed to a large extent with truncated Airy beams, in which the Airy function distribution is multiplied by either a Gaussian or an exponential window. Possible applications of Airy beams include optical micro-manipulation of small particles, generation of curved plasma channels in air and generation of Airy-Bessel light bullets. Moreover, the Airy beam is only one example of an accelerating beam: Accelerating parabolic beams are non-diffracting and freely accelerating beams that form an orthogonal and complete set of solutions to the paraxial wave equation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO EUROPE/EQEC 2011
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011
Event2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO EUROPE/EQEC 2011 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 22 May 201126 May 2011

Publication series

Name2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO EUROPE/EQEC 2011

Conference

Conference2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO EUROPE/EQEC 2011
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityMunich
Period22/05/1126/05/11

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