Experimental investigation of critical points in optical coherence function

Wei Wang, Vasilij Vasil'ev, Marat Soskin, Mitsuo Takeda

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By using an unconventional holography, referred to as coherence holography, developed recently, we will explore the whole phase field in an optical coherence function and present the direct experimental investigation to the coherence critical points, including coherence phase saddles, coherence phase extrema and coherence phase singularities. We have observed the local phase structures around the coherence critical points, and studied the relationship between the saddles and the extrema in the optical coherence function. Some topological rules associated with the coherence critical points, such as topological sign rule governing the coherence vortices and topological index conservation during the reaction of the coherence vortices, are also investigated by experiments. © 2010 SPIE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Nature of Light: Light in Nature III
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventThe Nature of Light: Light in Nature III - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2 Aug 20102 Aug 2010


ConferenceThe Nature of Light: Light in Nature III
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Extrema
  • Optical coherence function
  • Saddles
  • Singularities
  • Topological reaction


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