Rankine vortex characteristics of a partially coherent optical vortex are explored using classical and physical optics. Unlike a perfectly coherent vortex mode, the circulation is not quantized. Excess circulation is predicted owing to the wave nature of composite vortex fields. Based on these findings, we propose a vortex stellar interferometer.
Department, Program, or Center
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)
Physical Review Letters, The American Physical Society, vol. 99, no. 16, October 19, 2007
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