Diffraction from an edge in a self-focusing medium

Wenjie Wan, Dmitry V. Dylov, Christopher Barsi, Jason W. Fleischer

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We experimentally demonstrate diffraction from a straight edge in a medium with self-focusing nonlinearity. Diffraction into the shadow region is suppressed with increasing nonlinearity, but mode coupling leads to excitations and traveling waves on the high-intensity side. Theoretically, we interpret these modulations as spatially dispersive shock waves with negative pressure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2819-2821
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - Aug 15 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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