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Nonlinear Photonics and Novel Optical Phenomena

Volume 170 of the series Springer Series in Optical Sciences pp 1-46

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Self-accelerating Airy Beams: Generation, Control, and Applications

  • Yi HuAffiliated withDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, San Francisco State UniversityThe Key Laboratory of Weak-Light Nonlinear Photonics, Ministry of Education and TEDA Applied Physics School, Nankai UniversityINRS-EMT, University of Quebec Email author 
  • , Georgios A. SiviloglouAffiliated withCREOL/College of Optics, University of Central Florida
  • , Peng ZhangAffiliated withDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, San Francisco State University
  • , Nikolaos K. EfremidisAffiliated withDepartment of Applied Mathematics, University of Crete
  • , Demetrios N. ChristodoulidesAffiliated withCREOL/College of Optics, University of Central Florida
  • , Zhigang ChenAffiliated withDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, San Francisco State UniversityThe Key Laboratory of Weak-Light Nonlinear Photonics, Ministry of Education and TEDA Applied Physics School, Nankai University

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Abstract

Recently, a specific type of nondiffracting beams named self-accelerating Airy beams has attracted a great deal of interest due to their unique properties and many proposed applications in areas such as optical micromanipulation, plasma guidance, vacuum electron acceleration, and routing surface plasmon polaritons. In contradistinction with Bessel beams, Airy beams do not rely on simple conical superposition of plane waves, and they possess the properties of self-acceleration in addition to nondiffraction and self-healing. For the past few years, tremendous research work has been devoted to the study of Airy beams, from theoretical predictions to experimental observations, from linear control to nonlinear self-trapping, and from fundamental aspects to demonstrations of potential applications. In this chapter, we provide an overview on generation and control of Airy beams and recent developments in the area.