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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2000
  • pp: 1135–1137

The curious arithmetic of optical vortices

Gabriel Molina-Terriza, Jaume Recolons, and Lluis Torner  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 16, pp. 1135-1137 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.25.001135


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Abstract

The superposition of noncoaxial light beams containing screw wave-front dislocations is shown to create light patterns with a richer vortex content than that given by the arithmetic of the topological charges of the individual beams. We report the experimental observation of this phenomenon.

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OCIS Codes
(120.4820) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical systems
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics

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Gabriel Molina-Terriza, Jaume Recolons, and Lluis Torner, "The curious arithmetic of optical vortices," Opt. Lett. 25, 1135-1137 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-25-16-1135


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