Observation of abruptly autofocusing waves

Dimitrios G. Papazoglou, Nikolaos K. Efremidis, Demetrios N. Christodoulides, Stelios Tzortzakis

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1842-1844
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2011


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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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Papazoglou, D. G., Efremidis, N. K., Christodoulides, D. N., & Tzortzakis, S. (2011). Observation of abruptly autofocusing waves. Optics Letters, 36(10), 1842-1844. https://doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001842