We study spatially localized optical vortices created by self-trapping of partially incoherent light with a phase dislocation in a biased photorefractive crystal. In contrast to a decay of coherent self-trapped vortex beams due to the azimuthal modulational instability, the incoherent vortices are stabilized for large values of the spatial incoherence; this was confirmed by experiment. We analyze the spatial coherence properties of the incoherent optical vortices and reveal the existence of ringlike singularities in the spatial coherence function of a vortex field that can characterize the stable propagation of vortices through nonlinear media.
Department, Program, or Center
Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science (COS)
Journal of the Optical Society of America, Optical Society of America, vol. 22, no. 07, July 2005
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