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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2014
  • pp: B60–B73

Generation of double-charged optical vortices on the basis of electro-optic Kerr effect

Yurij Vasylkiv, Ihor Skab, and Rostyslav Vlokh  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 10, pp. B60-B73 (2014)

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We show that double-charged optical vortices can be generated with the help of Kerr electro-optic effect in either single crystals or isotropic media, including gaseous and liquid ones. We analyze possibilities for the vortex generation via the Kerr effect for different point groups of symmetry and formulate the appropriate conditions. We prove that the crystals, textures, and the isotropic media most suitable for the generation of double-charged optical vortices should belong to the symmetry groups 622, 6mm, 6/mmm, 6, 6/m, /m, , 2, mm, /mmm, //mmm, and /2.

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OCIS Codes
(190.3270) Nonlinear optics : Kerr effect
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

Original Manuscript: November 12, 2013
Revised Manuscript: December 9, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: December 9, 2013
Published: February 3, 2014

Yurij Vasylkiv, Ihor Skab, and Rostyslav Vlokh, "Generation of double-charged optical vortices on the basis of electro-optic Kerr effect," Appl. Opt. 53, B60-B73 (2014)

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