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Opt Lett. 2010 Dec 1;35(23):4075-7. doi: 10.1364/OL.35.004075.

Propagation dynamics of an optical vortex imposed on an Airy beam.

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  • 1Department of Applied Physics, College of Science, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072, China.


In this Letter, we demonstrate the general propagation dynamics of an Airy beam (AiB) carrying unit phase singularity, i.e., optical vortices (OVs). For the OV with a unit charge, theoretical analysis indicates that the OV carried by the AiB will propagate along the parabolic trajectory with an acceleration velocity twice as fast as conventional AiBs before a critical position. Thereafter, the AiB main lobe destroyed by OV will be reconstructed and the phase singularity will reappear in the middle of the AiB profile.

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