Wednesday, 10. July 2019 - Monday, 15. July 2019

Max-Born-Institut (MBI) im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.

Max-Born-Straße 2A, 12489 Berlin

Colloquium - Spatio-temporal optical vortices

Prof. Dr. Howard Milchberg | University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA

I will describe our discovery of spatio-temporal optical vortices (STOVs), a new type of orbital angular momentum structure that appears spontaneously in the arrested catastrophic collapse of a self-focusing pulse. Although previously unanticipated, STOVs appear to be common and universal, providing a unifying picture of nonlinear self-guided propagation and its robustness. I will also present recent single shot measurements catching an ultrashort STOV-carrying pulse in mid-flight.

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