Vortex stabilization by means of spatial solitons in nonlocal media

Yana Izdebskaya, Wieslaw Krolikowski, Noel F. Smyth, Gaetano Assanto

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    We investigate how optical vortices, which tend to be azimuthally unstable in local nonlinear materials, can be stabilized by a copropagating coaxial spatial solitary wave in nonlocal, nonlinear media. We focus on the formation of nonlinear vortex-soliton vector beams in reorientational soft matter, namely nematic liquid crystals, and report on experimental results, as well as numerical simulations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number054006
    JournalJournal of Optics
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • liquid crystals
    • optical vortex
    • self-action effects
    • spatial solitons

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    • Publication forum level 1

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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