Abstract

In this work we report detailed experimental and numerical investigation of the white light generation by singly and doubly charged optical vortices propagating in a Kerr medium, where spectral broadening and transfer of topological charge (TC) into emerging spectral satellites take place due to self-phase modulation and degenerate four-wave frequency mixing (FWFM). Experiments performed with different pump beams show excellent agreement with theory. Singly and doubly charged white light vortices are observed within more than ±200  nm bandwidth after nonlinear propagation in Argon gas. Our experiment and theory data confirm that the TC transformation of the newly generated spectral components follows a law analogous to the one for energy conservation in the FWFM process. We also present results on the white light vortex stability.

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