We explore the peculiar interference behaviors of the vector fields in the Young’s two-slit configuration. The interference patterns have a chessboard structure in the middle region and depend on the topological charge and the initial phase of the input vector field. The results have potential applications such as characterizing the topological properties of the arbitrary vector fields.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 3, 2012
Published: May 16, 2012
Yongnan Li, Xi-Lin Wang, Hu Zhao, Ling-Jun Kong, Kai Lou, Bing Gu, Chenghou Tu, and Hui-Tian Wang, "Young’s two-slit interference of vector light fields," Opt. Lett. 37, 1790-1792 (2012)