Measurement of scaling laws for shock waves in thermal nonlocal media

, , , , , and . Optics Letters 37 (12): 2325--2327 (2012)arXiv:1204.5312.


We are able to detect the details of spatial optical collisionless wave-breaking through the high aperture imaging of a beam suffering shock in a fluorescent nonlinear nonlocal thermal medium. This allows us to directly measure how nonlocality and nonlinearity affect the point of shock formation and compare results with numerical simulations.

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