Nonlinear propagation and filamentation of intense Airy beams in transparent media

Arnaud Couairon, Antonio Lotti, Paris Panagiotopoulos, Daryoush Abdollahpour, Daniele Faccio, Dimitrios G. Papazoglou, Stylianos Tzortzakis

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Abstract

We investigate the nonlinear propagation of intense Airy beams forming filaments in transparent media. We demonstrate the existence of stationary nonlinear Airy beams in a planar geometry. These beams preserve the intensity profile and the transverse acceleration of the Airy peak. We show that stationary propagation is sustained by a continuous energy flux to the main Airy lobe from its neighbors. For powers in the main Airy lobe exceeding a certain threshold, this stationary propagation regime becomes unstable. We extend our results to the 2-dimensional case: Airy beams with high powers in the main lobe reshape into a multifilamentary pattern induced by Kerr and multiphoton nonlinearities. The nucleation of new filaments and their interaction, affects the acceleration of the main Airy lobes. Experiments performed in water corroborate the existence of these two regimes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNonlinear Optics and Applications VI
Volume8434
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventNonlinear Optics and Applications VI - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 16 Apr 201218 Apr 2012

Other

OtherNonlinear Optics and Applications VI
CountryBelgium
CityBrussels
Period16/4/1218/4/12

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Keywords

  • Airy beams
  • Ultrashort laser pulse filamentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Couairon, A., Lotti, A., Panagiotopoulos, P., Abdollahpour, D., Faccio, D., Papazoglou, D. G., & Tzortzakis, S. (2012). Nonlinear propagation and filamentation of intense Airy beams in transparent media. In Nonlinear Optics and Applications VI (Vol. 8434). [84340S] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.922476

Nonlinear propagation and filamentation of intense Airy beams in transparent media. / Couairon, Arnaud; Lotti, Antonio; Panagiotopoulos, Paris; Abdollahpour, Daryoush; Faccio, Daniele; Papazoglou, Dimitrios G.; Tzortzakis, Stylianos.

Nonlinear Optics and Applications VI. Vol. 8434 2012. 84340S.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Couairon, A, Lotti, A, Panagiotopoulos, P, Abdollahpour, D, Faccio, D, Papazoglou, DG & Tzortzakis, S 2012, Nonlinear propagation and filamentation of intense Airy beams in transparent media. in Nonlinear Optics and Applications VI. vol. 8434, 84340S, Nonlinear Optics and Applications VI, Brussels, Belgium, 16/4/12. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.922476
Couairon A, Lotti A, Panagiotopoulos P, Abdollahpour D, Faccio D, Papazoglou DG et al. Nonlinear propagation and filamentation of intense Airy beams in transparent media. In Nonlinear Optics and Applications VI. Vol. 8434. 2012. 84340S https://doi.org/10.1117/12.922476
Couairon, Arnaud ; Lotti, Antonio ; Panagiotopoulos, Paris ; Abdollahpour, Daryoush ; Faccio, Daniele ; Papazoglou, Dimitrios G. ; Tzortzakis, Stylianos. / Nonlinear propagation and filamentation of intense Airy beams in transparent media. Nonlinear Optics and Applications VI. Vol. 8434 2012.
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