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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 28, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2011
  • pp: 621–626

Anomalous transient behavior from an inhomogeneous initial optical vortex density

Filippus S. Roux  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 28, Issue 4, pp. 621-626 (2011)

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Inhomogeneous optical vortex densities can be produced in stochastic optical fields by a combination of coherent and incoherent superposition of speckle fields. During subsequent propagation, the inhomogeneity in the vortex density decays away. However, the decay curves contain oscillatory features that are counterintuitive: for a short while, the inhomogeneity actually increases. We provide numerical simulations and analytic calculations to study the appearance of the anomalous features in the decay curves.

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OCIS Codes
(000.5490) General : Probability theory, stochastic processes, and statistics
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: December 9, 2010
Revised Manuscript: February 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 11, 2011
Published: March 22, 2011

Filippus S. Roux, "Anomalous transient behavior from an inhomogeneous initial optical vortex density," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 621-626 (2011)

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