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Phys Rev Lett. 2011 Apr 1;106(13):134101. Epub 2011 Mar 31.

Radiation of caustic beams from a collapsing bullet.

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School of Physics, M013, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia.


We show both theoretically and experimentally that a collapsing (2+1)-dimensional wave packet in a medium with cubic nonlinearity and a two-dimensional dispersion of an order higher than parabolic irradiates untrapped dispersive waves. The studies are performed for a spin-wave bullet propagating in an in-plane magnetized ferrimagnetic film. An induced uniaxial anisotropy in such a medium leads to the formation of narrow spin-wave caustic beams whose angles to the bullet's propagation direction are modified by the motion of the source.

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