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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2011
  • pp: 1617–1619

Propagation properties of an optical vortex carried by an Airy beam: experimental implementation

H. T. Dai, Y. J. Liu, D. Luo, and X. W. Sun  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 9, pp. 1617-1619 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.001617


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Abstract

In this Letter, we experimentally studied the propagation dynamics of Airy beams (AiBs) carrying phase singularity or an optical vortex (OV). A 3 / 2 phase mask encoded with phase singularity was used to generate AiBs and OVs enjoying precise position alignment and compact optical configuration simultaneously. Experimental results showed that the OV deflection velocity was faster than that of the main lobe of the AiB, agreeing with the analytical prediction. Numerical simulation results are also in agreement with the experimental results. Furthermore, OVs with larger topological charges were also studied experimentally with the same approach.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 3, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 25, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2011
Published: April 27, 2011

Citation
H. T. Dai, Y. J. Liu, D. Luo, and X. W. Sun, "Propagation properties of an optical vortex carried by an Airy beam: experimental implementation," Opt. Lett. 36, 1617-1619 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-9-1617


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