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Opt Lett. 2011 May 15;36(10):1842-4. doi: 10.1364/OL.36.001842.

Observation of abruptly autofocusing waves.

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  • 1Institute of Electronic Structure and Laser, Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas, P.O. Box 1527, 71110, Heraklion, Greece. dpapa@materials.uoc.gr

Abstract

We report on the experimental observation of abruptly autofocusing waves. This interesting family of wave packets has been realized by using a radially symmetric Airy intensity distribution. As demonstrated in our experiments, these waves can exhibit unusual features, such as the ability to autofocus by following a parabolic trajectory toward their focus.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

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