Abstract

Generation of an array of optical vortices (OVs) with fractional charges under the condition of acousto-optic Bragg diffraction is revealed experimentally. The OVs emerge in a wide diffracted optical beam due to reflection from a thick acousto-optic grating that contains bifurcated fringes of acoustic waves (AWs). Changes in the AW frequency lead to deflection of the wide optical beam containing the OV array. The OVs preserve their spatial positions only in the narrow AW frequency range, while larger changes in the frequency impose their movement out from the beam aperture, with appearance of the other OVs in the other places of the beam cross section.

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» Visualization 1       Visualization of movement of a fork-like bifurcation of the interference patterns that occurs with changing AW frequency in the region 46.8–47.0 MHz

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