Accelerating light beams along arbitrary trajectories

Elad Greenfield, Oren Raz, Mordechai Segev

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Abstract

Wave-packets of light propagating along curved trajectories in space are rapidly gaining importance since their introduction in 2007 [1-2]. Interestingly, all such non-diffracting self-accelerating beams studied thus far followed a parabolic trajectory as they propagated in free space [1-5]. Here we generate continuous sets of accelerating optical beams propagating along arbitrary 1D curves in space, with the only condition being that the curves are convex. We present a general method to construct such beams, and demonstrate them theoretically and experimentally. As examples, we present theoretically and experimentally light beams whose peak intensity accelerates along the curves x = zn, with n = 1.5, 2,3,4,5, and an Exponential Beam which follows the curve x=(ek1), k being some positive constant. Such beams are presented in Figure (1a-1b) below.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2011 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Europe and 12th European Quantum Electronics Conference, CLEO EUROPE/EQEC 2011
Subtitle of host publicationLaser Science to Photonic Applications, CLEO 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

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation

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