Correlation functions in the presence of optical vortices

Graeme K. Harkness, Joceline C. Lega, Gian Luca Oppo

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We evaluate two-dimensional field and intensity correlation functions for the optical Ginzburg-Landau and laser equations in the presence of optical vortices. Configurations of rotating vortices, vortices superimposed on travelling waves and defect mediated turbulance are analysed and compared. Intensity correlations provide a qualitative indicator for the degree of disorder of spatio-temporal evolutions. For example, patterns with few rotating vortices have correlation lengths comparable to or larger than the transverse size of the system, while few vortices superimposed on travelling waves can generate weak turbulance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1519-1533
Number of pages15
JournalChaos, solitons and fractals
Issue number8-9
StatePublished - 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Mathematics(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Applied Mathematics


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