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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2012
  • pp: 767–769

Observation of vector solitons with hidden vorticity

Yana V. Izdebskaya, Johannes Rebling, Anton S. Desyatnikov, and Yuri S. Kivshar  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 5, pp. 767-769 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.000767


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Abstract

This letter reports the first experimental observation, to our knowledge, of optical vector solitons composed of two incoherently coupled vortex components. We employ nematic liquid crystal to generate stable vector solitons with counterrotating vortices and hidden vorticity. In contrast, the solitons with explicit vorticity and corotating vortex components show azimuthal splitting.

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OCIS Codes
(160.3710) Materials : Liquid crystals
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(190.6135) Nonlinear optics : Spatial solitons

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: November 10, 2011
Revised Manuscript: December 20, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2012
Published: February 17, 2012

Citation
Yana V. Izdebskaya, Johannes Rebling, Anton S. Desyatnikov, and Yuri S. Kivshar, "Observation of vector solitons with hidden vorticity," Opt. Lett. 37, 767-769 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-5-767


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