Experimental observation of a photonic hook

I. V. Minin, O. V. Minin, G. M. Katyba, N. V. Chernomyrdin, V. N. Kurlov, K. I. Zaytsev, L. Yue, Z. Wang, D. N. Christodoulides

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In this letter, we reported the experimental observation of a photonic hook (PH) - a type of near-field curved light generated at the output of a dielectric cuboid, featuring a broken symmetry and dimensions comparable to the electromagnetic (EM) wavelength. Given that the specific value of the wavelength is not critical once the mesoscale conditions for the particle are met, we verified these predictions experimentally using a 0.25 THz continuous-wave source. The radius of curvature associated with the PH-generated is smaller than the wavelength, while its minimum beam-waist is about 0.44λ. This represents the smallest radius of curvature ever recorded for any EM beam. The observed phenomenon is of potential interest in optics and photonics, particularly, in super-resolution microscopy, manipulation of particles and liquids, photolithography, and material processing. Finally, it has a universal character and should be inherent to acoustic and surface waves, electrons, neutrons, protons, and other beams interacting with asymmetric mesoscale obstacles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number031105
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume114
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2019

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Minin, I. V., Minin, O. V., Katyba, G. M., Chernomyrdin, N. V., Kurlov, V. N., Zaytsev, K. I., ... Christodoulides, D. N. (2019). Experimental observation of a photonic hook. Applied Physics Letters, 114(3), [031105]. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5065899

Experimental observation of a photonic hook. / Minin, I. V.; Minin, O. V.; Katyba, G. M.; Chernomyrdin, N. V.; Kurlov, V. N.; Zaytsev, K. I.; Yue, L.; Wang, Z.; Christodoulides, D. N.

In: Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 114, No. 3, 031105, 21.01.2019.

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Minin, IV, Minin, OV, Katyba, GM, Chernomyrdin, NV, Kurlov, VN, Zaytsev, KI, Yue, L, Wang, Z & Christodoulides, DN 2019, 'Experimental observation of a photonic hook', Applied Physics Letters, vol. 114, no. 3, 031105. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5065899
Minin IV, Minin OV, Katyba GM, Chernomyrdin NV, Kurlov VN, Zaytsev KI et al. Experimental observation of a photonic hook. Applied Physics Letters. 2019 Jan 21;114(3). 031105. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5065899
Minin, I. V. ; Minin, O. V. ; Katyba, G. M. ; Chernomyrdin, N. V. ; Kurlov, V. N. ; Zaytsev, K. I. ; Yue, L. ; Wang, Z. ; Christodoulides, D. N. / Experimental observation of a photonic hook. In: Applied Physics Letters. 2019 ; Vol. 114, No. 3.
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