Dynamics of polarization singularities in composite optical vortices
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We study the dynamics of polarization singularities in the superposition of two off-axis optical vortices with orthogonal polarization states. The motion of C points, states of circular polarization, is described by varying parameters such as separation distance, constant phase difference and topological charge. We analyze the zeros of the Stokes parameters and find analytical solutions for particular cases. The results could be used to realize an alternative method to measure the vortex topological charge. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.