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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2013
  • pp: 3895–3898

How to distinguish between the annihilation and the creation of optical vortices

Filippus S. Roux  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 19, pp. 3895-3898 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.003895


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Abstract

Optical vortices are always created or annihilated as vortex dipoles—pairs with opposite topological charge. Here a quantity, consisting of the transverse first and second derivatives of the optical field, is derived with which one can distinguish between vortex dipole annihilation and creation events. Analytical and numerical examples are provided as a demonstration of the method.

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OCIS Codes
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: July 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 14, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 28, 2013
Published: September 26, 2013

Citation
Filippus S. Roux, "How to distinguish between the annihilation and the creation of optical vortices," Opt. Lett. 38, 3895-3898 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-19-3895


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