Just a short note: on Twitter, Professor Andrew Dawes (thanks Andrew!) drew my attention to a recent email that the Optical Society of America sent out, listing the top ten most cited articles in the Journal of the Optical Society of America A over the past five years. One of my 2008 papers, co-written with my UNCC colleague Bob Tyson, “Vortex beam propagation through atmospheric turbulence and topological charge conservation”, is on the list! I knew the paper was doing reasonably well in citations, but it is a pleasant surprise to see just how well it is doing.
The paper can be read for free up until April 27th of this year, for those who are interested. It investigates whether laser beams carrying an “optical vortex” will maintain this vortex after propagating some distance through the turbulent atmosphere.