, Volume 23, Issue 11, pp 848-851

Angular momentum of the fields of a few-mode fiber: I. A perturbed optical vortex

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of studies of the physical nature of the electrodynamic angular momentum of a stable CV +1 + vortex in a few-mode fiber. It shows that the angular momentum of a CV +1 + vortex can be conventionally divided into orbital and spin angular momenta. The longitudinal component of the fundamental HE 11 + mode on the axis of the fiber has a pure screw dislocation with a topological charge of e=+1. The longitudinal component of a CV +1 + vortex also has a pure screw dislocation on the axis of the fiber with a topological charge of e=+2. Therefore, perturbation of a CV +1 + vortex by the field of the fundamental HE 11 + mode removes the degeneracy of the pure screw dislocations of the longitudinal and transverse components of the field and breaks down the structural stability of the CV +1 + vortex. As a result, an additional azimuthal flux of energy with an angular momentum opposite to that of the fundamental flux is induced. An analogy is drawn between the stream lines of a perturbed CV vortex and the stream lines of an inviscid liquid flowing around a rotating cylinder. Studies of the evolution of a CV vortex in a parabolic fiber show that they are structurally stable when acted on by the perturbing field of the HE 11 + mode. However, perturbing a CV +1 + 1 vortex of a stepped fiber with the field of the HE 11 + mode destroys the structural stability of the vortex. It is found that the propagation of a circularly polarized CV vortex can be represented as a helical wavefront screwing into the medium of the fiber. The propagation of a linearly polarized vortex in free space is characterized by the translational displacement (without rotation) of a helical wavefront.

Pis’ma Zh. Tekh. Fiz. 23, 74–81 (November 12, 1997)