Abstract

We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that optical beams are self-focused and self-trapped upon initiating photopolymerization. This unique nonlinear optical phenomenon is dependent on the optical exposure and produces permanent index-of-refraction changes larger than 0.04. The resulting nonlinear wave equation is shown to be nonlocal in time and displays self-trapped solutions only for sufficiently low average optical intensities.

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