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Opt Lett. 2012 Jun 1;37(11):1871-3. doi: 10.1364/OL.37.001871.

Evolution of Airy beams in a chiral medium.

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  • 1Department of Physics and Institute of Condensed Matter Physics, Hangzhou Normal University, Hangzhou 310036, China.


We study the evolution of Airy beams in chiral media. We numerically demonstrate that the circularly polarized Airy beams of opposite handedness can be separated when traveling through the chiral media. The constructive interference of the Airy beams in the near- and far-zone is explicitly analyzed by varying the chirality parameter of the medium. It is interesting to find that the self-acceleration of the beam is sensitive to the interference term.

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