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Self-healing property of a caustic optical beam.

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Type
Published Article
Journal
Applied optics
Publication Date
Volume
46
Issue
34
Pages
8284–8290
Identifiers
PMID: 18059670
Source
Medline

Abstract

It is well known that Bessel beams and the other families of propagation-invariant optical fields have the property of self-healing when obstructed by an opaque object. Here it is shown that there exists another kind of field distribution that can have an analog property. In particular, we demonstrate that a class of caustic wave fields, whose transverse intensity patterns change on propagation, when perturbed by an opaque object can reappear at a further plane as if they had not been obstructed. The physics of the phenomenon is fully explained and shown to be related to that of self-healing propagation invariant optical fields.

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