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Spatial ringing and central dark zone formation in absorptive nonlinear beam propagation

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Abstract

We have observed the theoretically predicted central dark zone formation in a continuous-wave propagation experiment that is not due to thermal changes in the index of refraction. The effect has been observed in a pink ruby rod with argon-ion and dye lasers. The results confirm the requirements of an optically thick and highly saturated medium for experimental observation of the effect.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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