SELF-HEALING OF MATTER AIRY BEAMS
Following their discovery in the late 1970s, optical Airy beams have found numerous applications in technologies such as microscopy and optical trapping, many of which are based on the wave packets’ unique features such as zero or minimal diffraction, self-acceleration, and self-healing. Recent advancements have shown that Airy beams can also be produced using matter waves with many of the same unique characteristics of their optical counterparts. We present here a study of the recovery time of damaged matter Airy wave packets in free space and a nonlinear Kerr-type medium. We show that in free space the recovery time increases approximately linearly with mass and is independent of other kinematical parameters such as momentum, velocity, and spatial width. In the Kerr-type medium, recovery time is decreased compared to free space and does not scale linearly with mass. In order to study matter Airy beams, we introduce the Path Integral Quantum Trajectory (PIQTr) model as a new computational tool for the study of non-relativistic, quantum mechanical wave packets and demonstrate its effectiveness in dealing with heavy particle dynamics.
Saxton, Torrey, "SELF-HEALING OF MATTER AIRY BEAMS" (2019). University Research Symposium. 341.