Vortex sheets in optical and coherence fields

Wei Wang, Kentaro Chiba, Steen G. Hanson, Mitsuo Takeda

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Instead of the well-known line type of phase singularities in optical and coherence fields, we introduce a new concept of what we call Vortex Sheet into singular optics. This vortex sheet has a surface topological structure, on which the phase of the scalar optical or the coherence fields becomes undefined with zero amplitude. Some properties related to these surface topological deformations, such as optical and coherence surface flow, are investigated both theoretically and experimentally for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComplex Light and Optical Forces II
Publication statusPublished - 2008
EventPhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XVI - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 21 Jan 200824 Jan 2008


ConferencePhysics and Simulation of Optoelectronic Devices XVI
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose, CA


  • Coherence vortex sheet
  • Diffraction-free optical and coherence fields
  • Optical vortex sheet
  • Surface flow


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