Grover A. Swartzlander

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The effectively large mirror size in a space telescope may be achieved by swarms of mirrors. In this paper, we present an analysis of such a space telescope, where a swarm of randomized micro-mirrors are combined to achieve the resolution comparable to a primary mirror equivalent to the entire distribution. The recorded speckle patterns, which vary randomly(More)
Using an optical vortex coronagraph and simple adaptive optics techniques, we have made the first convincing demonstration of an optical vortex coronagraph that is coupled to a star gazing telescope. We suppressed by 97% the primary star of a resolvable binary system, Cor Caroli. The stars had an angular separation of 1.9lambda/D at our imaging camera. The(More)
The splitting of a single optical vortex into four separate ones in a singular beam is theoretically and experimentally described for the propagation of obliquely incident light in a uniaxial crystal. We also find the condition under which the generated vortices in each of the four individual beams propagate independently without changing their structure(More)
We believe that the effect observed by Xing et al. is essentially cross-phase modulation. It was inaccurately identified as self-bending of light, which is a self-action effect well known in the literature. This Comment addresses an observed effect that we believe has been inaccurately identified by Xing et al. 1 The reported effect is not self-bending, as(More)
Continuous-wave self-deflection of an asymmetrical laser beam, with a deflection angle up to eight diffraction widths, and strong attenuation of the on-axis radiation were achieved in a short sodium-vapor cell. We determined that the nonlinear refractive index Deltan varied almost linearly with intensity I, Deltan approximately n(2)I, with n(2) ~ -10(-7)(More)