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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 53, Iss. 8 — Mar. 10, 2014
  • pp: 1629–1635

Generation of second-order vortex arrays with six-pinhole interferometers under plane wave illumination

Zhenhua Li and Chuanfu Cheng  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 53, Issue 8, pp. 1629-1635 (2014)

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We propose a method based on six-pinhole interferometers to generate vortex arrays with topological charge 2, only with plane wave illumination. The six-pinhole interferometer is composed of two concentric symmetrical three-pinhole interferometers with different radial distances of the pinholes and a relative rotation of 60 deg from each other. In the Fourier domain, the vortices with second-order topological charge are generated when the radial distances of the two three-pinhole interferometers satisfy some certain ratios. Due to the symmetry of the six-pinhole interferometer, such vortices are distributed at the vertices of some symmetrically distributed regular hexagons. The experimental results obtained in a focal-to-focal system show satisfactory coincidence with the calculations.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: November 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 12, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: February 3, 2014
Published: March 7, 2014

Zhenhua Li and Chuanfu Cheng, "Generation of second-order vortex arrays with six-pinhole interferometers under plane wave illumination," Appl. Opt. 53, 1629-1635 (2014)

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