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  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 47, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 2008
  • pp: 5098–5102

Mode purity comparison of optical vortices generated by a segmented deformable mirror and a static multilevel phase plate

Marco Scipioni, Robert K. Tyson, and Jaime Viegas  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 47, Issue 28, pp. 5098-5102 (2008)

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We present a mode purity comparison between optical vortices (OVs) generated by a static multilevel phase plate with 16 or 32 phase steps and a vortex generated with a segmented deformable mirror with 37 actuators. Computer simulations show the intensity and phase of the vortices generated with the two methods. The deformable mirror, by being reconfigurable, shows better mode purity for high charge OVs, while the static phase plate mode efficiency declines due to the fixed number phase quantization.

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OCIS Codes
(030.7060) Coherence and statistical optics : Turbulence
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(350.4600) Other areas of optics : Optical engineering
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: April 25, 2008
Revised Manuscript: August 20, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 22, 2008
Published: September 23, 2008

Marco Scipioni, Robert K. Tyson, and Jaime Viegas, "Mode purity comparison of optical vortices generated by a segmented deformable mirror and a static multilevel phase plate," Appl. Opt. 47, 5098-5102 (2008)

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