Vortex revivals with trapped light

Gabriel Molina-Terriza, Lluis Torner, Ewan M. Wright, Juan J. García-Ripoll, Víctor M. Pérez-García

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We predict that vortex dipoles nested in light beams trapped in graded-index media can undergo closed Berry trajectories, yielding periodic vortex annihilations and revivals along the light-propagation direction. The vortex revivals from vortex-free wave fronts are mediated by Freund stationary point bundles that carry the necessary Poincaré-Hopf indices. Vortex spiraling and spontaneous generation of circular-edge dislocations are also found to occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1601-1603
Number of pages3
JournalOptics letters
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 15 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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