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Opt Lett. 2011 May 1;36(9):1617-9. doi: 10.1364/OL.36.001617.

Propagation properties of an optical vortex carried by an Airy beam: experimental implementation.

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


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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