Cycle of phase, coherence and polarization singularities in Young's three-pinhole experiment

Xiaoyan Pang, Greg Gbur, TD Visser

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Abstract

It is now well-established that a variety of singularities can be characterized and observed in optical wavefields. It is also known that these phase singularities, polarization singularities and coherence singularities are physically related, but the exact nature of their relationship is still somewhat unclear. We show how a Young-type three-pinhole interference experiment can be used to create a continuous cycle of transformations between classes of singularities, often accompanied by topological reactions in which different singularities are created and annihilated. This arrangement serves to clarify the relationships between the different singularity types, and provides a simple tool for further exploration.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34093-34108
Number of pages16
JournalOptics Express
Volume23
Issue number26
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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