On optical Airy beams in integrable and non-integrable systems

Gaetano Assanto, Antonmaria Minzoni, Noel Smyth

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The interaction of an accelerating Airy beam and a solitary wave is investigated for integrable and non-integrable equations governing nonlinear optical propagation in various media. For the integrable nonlinear Schrödinger equation, by way of a Bäcklund transformation, we show that no momentum exchange takes place,as the only effect of the interaction is to modulate the amplitude of the solitary wave. The latter result also holds for
propagation in anisotropic media with birefringent walkoff and nonlocality, as specifically addressed with reference to uniaxial nematic liquid crystals in the absence of beam curvature. When the wave front curvature characteristic of accelerating Airy beams is accounted for, both asymptotic and numerical solutions show that a small amount of momentum is
initially exchanged, with the solitary wave rapidly settling to a state of constant momentum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-93
Number of pages11
JournalWave Motion
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


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