Rotationally induced vortices in optical cavity modes

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Habraken, Steven J. M.
Nienhuis, Gerard
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We show that vortices appear in the modes of an astigmatic optical cavity when it is put into rotation about its optical axis. We study the properties of these vortices and discuss numerical results for a specific realization of such a set-up. Our method is exact up to first order in the time-dependent paraxial approximation and involves bosonic ladder operators in the spirit of the quantum-mechanical harmonic oscillator.
Comment: 8 pages, 5 figures. Accepted for publication in a special issue (singular optics 2008) of Journal of Optics A: Pure and Applied Optics
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Physics - Optics
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