Nonlinear mixing of optical vortices with fractional topological charge in Raman sideband generation Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016 IOP Publishing Ltd. We studied the nonlinear parametric interaction of femtosecond fractionally-charged optical vortices in a Raman-active medium. Propagation of such beams was described using the Kirchhoff-Fresnel integrals by embedding a non-integer 2 phase step in a Gaussian beam profile. When using fractionally-charged pump or Stokes beams, we observed the production of new topological charge and phase discontinuities in the Raman field. These newly generated fractionally-charged Raman vortex beams were found to follow the same orbital angular momentum algebra derived by Strohaber et al (2012 Opt. Lett. 37 3411) for integer vortex beams.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Strohaber, J., Boran, Y., Sayrac, M., Johnson, L., Zhu, F., Kolomenskii, A. A., & Schuessler, H. A.

citation count

  • 9

publication date

  • January 2017