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  • Vol. 26, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2001
  • pp: 1601–1603

Vortex revivals with trapped light

Gabriel Molina-Terriza, Lluis Torner, Ewan M. Wright, Juan J. García-Ripoll, and Víctor M. Pérez-García  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 26, Issue 20, pp. 1601-1603 (2001)

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We predict that vortex dipoles nested in light beams trapped in graded-index media can undergo closed Berry trajectories, yielding periodic vortex annihilations and revivals along the light-propagation direction. The vortex revivals from vortex-free wave fronts are mediated by Freund stationary point bundles that carry the necessary Poincaré–Hopf indices. Vortex spiraling and spontaneous generation of circular-edge dislocations are also found to occur.

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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

Gabriel Molina-Terriza, Lluis Torner, Ewan M. Wright, Juan J. García-Ripoll, and Víctor M. Pérez-García, "Vortex revivals with trapped light," Opt. Lett. 26, 1601-1603 (2001)

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