Generation of versatile vortex linear light bullets

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M.S. in Electro-Optics


Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics


Advisor: Andy C. Chong


We demonstrate a versatile vortex linear light bullet as a three-dimensional vortex Airy-Bessel wave packet for the first time. It combines a temporal Airy pulse with a higher order vortex Bessel beam in the spatial domain. Its non-varying feature in linear propagation is verified by three-dimensional (3D) measurements. Advanced from previously reported linear light bullets which are limited to specific materials, the vortex Airy-Bessel wave packet works as a light bullet for any material while carrying orbital angular momentum. It is believed that the versatile vortex linear light bullet is useful in many applications such as nano-lithography, nano-surgery, etc. The study of controlled collisions between optical vortices in the time domain is also reported in this thesis.


Electromagnetic pulse, Wave packets, Laser pulses, Ultrashort, Optics, Physics, Ultrafast optics, Airy pulses, Bessel beams, Vortex

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