Observation of optical azimuthons. Academic Article uri icon


  • 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.

published proceedings

  • Opt Express

author list (cited authors)

  • Minovich, A., Neshev, D. N., Desyatnikov, A. S., Krolikowski, W., & Kivshar, Y. S.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

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

publication date

  • December 2009