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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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Shaarawi, A. M.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. A. Siviloglou, J. Broky, A. Dogariu, and D. N. Christodoulides, Opt. Lett. 33, 207 (2008).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

G. A. Siviloglou, J. Broky, A. Dogariu, and D. N. Christodoulides, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 213901 (2007).
[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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Wise, F. W.

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Appl. Phys. Lett. (1)

Y. J. Liu, X. W. Sun, D. Luo, and Z. Raszewski, Appl. Phys. Lett. 92, 101114 (2008).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (1)

Nat. Photon. (2)

A. Chong, W. H. Reninger, D. N. Christodoulides, and F. W. Wise, Nat. Photon. 4, 103 (2010).
[CrossRef]

T. Ellenbogen, N. Voloch-Bloch, A. Ganany-Padowicz, and A. Arie, Nat. Photon. 3, 395 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (2)

Opt. Lett. (6)

Phys. Rev. Lett. (1)

G. A. Siviloglou, J. Broky, A. Dogariu, and D. N. Christodoulides, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 213901 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE (1)

M. Mazilu, J. Baumgartl, T. Cizmar, and K. Dholakia, Proc. SPIE 7430, 74300C (2009).
[CrossRef]

Science (1)

P. Polynkin, M. Kolesik, J. V. Moloney, G. A. Siviloglou, and D. N. Christodoulides, Science 324, 229 (2009).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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Figures (6)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Phase patterns encoded onto a pSLM for generating AiBs with an OV; the parameters are set as a = 0.00155 mm 0.5 , l = 1 , and (a)  x d = y d = 3.8 mm , (b)  x d = y d = 2.09 mm .

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

Experimental snapshots of intensity profiles of AiBs with an OV embedded for various parameters of a = { 0.00155 , 0.00165 , 0.00155 , 0.00165 } mm 0.5 (rows) corresponding to various dislocations of x d = y d = { 2.09 , 2.09 , 3.8 , 3.8 } mm located at distances (columns) of z = { 30 , 50 , 80 , 110 } cm .

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Numerically simulated and experimental trajectories of a CAiB and an OV. The beam parameters are set as x 0 = 0.098 mm and x d = y d = 3.08 mm .

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

Numerically simulated results of propagation dynamics of OVs embedded in AiBs with various param eters: (a)  a = 0.00155 mm 0.5 , x d = y d = 2.09 mm (Media 1), (b)  a = 0.00155 mm 0.5 , x d = y d = 3.8 mm (Media 2), (c)  a = 0.00165 mm 0.5 , x d = y d = 2.09 mm (Media 3), (d)  a = 0.00165 mm 0.5 , x d = y d = 3.8 mm (Media 4).

Fig. 5
Fig. 5

Phase patterns for generating AiBs with higher order OVs; the parameters are set as a = 0.00155 mm 0.5 , x d = y d = 2.09 mm , and (a)  l = 2 , (b)  l = 3 .

Fig. 6
Fig. 6

Experimental intensity profiles of AiBs with higher order OVs at different propagation distances (a) and (e)  z = 30 cm , (b) and (f)  z = 50 cm , (c) and (g)  z = 80 cm , (d) and (h)  z = 110 cm for topological charge 2 and 3, respectively.

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ϕ ( x , y ) = 8 π a ( x 3 / 2 + y 3 / 2 ) / ( 3 λ ) ,
ϕ ( x , y ) = 8 π a ( x 3 / 2 + y 3 / 2 ) / ( 3 λ ) + l arg [ ( x x d ) + i ( y y d ) ] ,

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