A liquid of optical vortices in a photonic sea of vector waves

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DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/FIO.2016.FF3H.8
Reference L. Angelis, F. Alpeggiani, A. Di Falco and L. Kuipers: A liquid of optical vortices in a photonic sea of vector waves In: Frontiers in Optics 2016 : proceedings; conference held 17–21 October 2016, Rochester, New York, United States, OSA, 2016.

Phase singularities arise in scalar random waves, with spatial distribution reminiscent of particles in liquids. Supporting near-field experiment with analytical theory we show how such spatial distribution changes when considering vector waves.