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Nonlinear Optics: Materials, Fundamentals and Applications
We investigate the spatial dynamics of optical necklace beams in Kerr media. For powers corresponding to less than the critical power for self-focusing per bead, we experimentally confirm the confinement of these necklace beams as proposed in [Phys. Rev. Lett. 81, 4851 (1998)]. At higher powers, we observe a transition from collective necklace behavior to one in which the beads of the necklace collapse independently. We observe that, below the transition power, the perturbed necklace stilldoi:10.1364/nlo.2007.tuc6 fatcat:utlr2s4xojanpe7ntofpe5ncwa