Self-focusing of circularly polarized beams

Gadi Fibich*, Boaz Ilan

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Cylindrically symmetric circularly polarized input beam were shown to not undergo multiple filamentation; that a small deviation from a circular-polarization state was unlikely to lead to multiple filamentation, but that input-beam noise or astigmatism can lead to multiple filamentation of circularly polarized beams. Hence, suppression of multiple filamentation of circularly polarized beams should focus on producing a cylindrically symmetric input profile, rather than on producing a perfect circular-polarization state.

Original languageEnglish
Article number036622
Pages (from-to)036622/1-036622/16
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number3 2
StatePublished - Mar 2003


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