Observation of optical azimuthons

Alexander Minovich, Dragomir N. Neshev, Anton S. Desyatnikov, Wieslaw Krolikowski, Yuri S. Kivshar

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We observe experimentally optical azimuthons, a generic class of ring-shaped localised spiralling beams with azimuthal modulation, carrying phase dislocation in self-focusing nonlinear media. We observe three- and four-lobe azimuthons in 87Rb vapours and demonstrate their anomalous rotation controlled by the input phase distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23610-23616
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Express
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - Dec 21 2009

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  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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    Minovich, A., Neshev, D. N., Desyatnikov, A. S., Krolikowski, W., & Kivshar, Y. S. (2009). Observation of optical azimuthons. Optics Express, 17(26), 23610-23616. https://doi.org/10.1364/OE.17.023610