Observation of abruptly autofocusing waves. Academic Article uri icon


  • 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.

published proceedings

  • Opt Lett

altmetric score

  • 9

author list (cited authors)

  • Papazoglou, D. G., Efremidis, N. K., Christodoulides, D. N., & Tzortzakis, S.

citation count

  • 321

complete list of authors

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

publication date

  • May 2011