Globally linked vortex clusters in trapped wave fields

Lucian Cornel Crasovan*, Gabriel Molina-Terriza, Juan P. Torres, Lluis Torner, Víctor M. Pérez-García, Dumitru Mihalache

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We put forward the existence of a rich variety of fully stationary vortex structures, termed H clusters, made of an increasing number of vortices nested in paraxial wave fields confined by trapping potentials. However, we show that the constituent vortices are globally linked, rather than products of independent vortices. Also, they always feature a monopolar global wave front and exist in nonlinear systems, such as the Bose-Einstein condensates. Clusters with multipolar global wave fronts are nonstationary or, at best, flipping.

Original languageEnglish
Article number036612
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2002
Externally publishedYes


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