OSA's Digital Library

Chinese Optics Letters

Chinese Optics Letters


  • Editor: Zhizhan Xu
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2012
  • pp: 120501–120501

Characterizing topological charge of optical vortex using non-uniformly distributed multi-pinhole plate

Lei Shi, Linghao Tian, and Xianfeng Chen  »View Author Affiliations

Chinese Optics Letters, Vol. 10, Issue 12, pp. 120501-120501 (2012)

View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (1587 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

  • Export Citation/Save Click for help


We propose an efficient method for characterizing the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of an optical vortex with a large topological charge (TC) through distinguishing the interference pattern of the non-uniformly-distributed multi-pinholes using fewer pinholes. This method overcomes the limit on large TC detection by multi-point interferometer and can be used to probe optical vortices with arbitrary sizes. In addition, it also has potential application in measuring light beam with OAM from astronomical sources.

© 2012 Chinese Optics Letters

OCIS Codes
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Lei Shi, Linghao Tian, and Xianfeng Chen, "Characterizing topological charge of optical vortex using non-uniformly distributed multi-pinhole plate," Chin. Opt. Lett. 10, 120501-120501 (2012)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset


  1. L. Allen, M. W. Beijersbergen, R. J. C. Spreeuw, and J. P. Woerdman, Phys. Rev. A 45, 8185 (1992).
  2. N. Heckenberg, R. McDuff, C. Smith, H. Rubinsztein-Dunlop, and M. Wegener, Opt. Quantum Electron. 24, 951 (1992).
  3. M. Beijersbergen, L. Allen, H. Van der Veen, and J. Woerdman, Opt. Commun. 96, 123 (1993).
  4. N. R. Heckenberg, R. McDuff, C. P. Smith, and A. G. White, Opt. Lett. 17, 221 (1992).
  5. M. Beijersbergen, R. Coerwinkel, M. Kristensen, and J. Woerdman, Opt. Commun. 112, 321 (1994).
  6. A. Bahabad and A. Arie, Opt. Express 15, 17619 (2007).
  7. D. G. Grier, Nature 424, 810 (2003).
  8. A. O'neil, I. MacVicar, L. Allen, and M. Padgett, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 53601 (2002).
  9. G. Molina-Terriza, J. P. Torres, and L. Torner, Nat. Phys. 3, 305 (2007).
  10. A. Vaziri, J.-W. Pan, T. Jennewein, G. Weihs, and A. Zeilinger, Phys. Rev. Lett. 91, 227902 (2003).
  11. G. Molina-Terriza, A. Vaziri, J. Rehacek, Z. Hradil, and A. Zeilinger, Phys. Rev. Lett. 92, 167903 (2004).
  12. H. Martin, Astrophys. J. 597, 1266 (2003).
  13. J. Leach, S. Keen, M. J. Padgett, C. Saunter, and G. D. Love, Opt. Express 14, 11919 (2006).
  14. J. Leach, M. J. Padgett, S. M. Barnett, S. Franke-Arnold, and J. Courtial, Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 257901 (2002).
  15. H. I. Sztul and R. R. Alfano, Opt. Lett. 31, 999 (2006).
  16. M. Harris, C. Hill, and J. Vaughan, Opt. Commun. 106, 161 (1994).
  17. A. Mair, A. Vaziri, G. Weihs, and A. Zeilinger, Nature 412, 313 (2001).
  18. V. Kotlyar, V. Soifer, and S. Khonina, J. Mod. Opt. 44, 1409 (1997).
  19. G. Berkhout and M. Beijersbergen, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 100801 (2008).
  20. C. Guo, S. Yue, and G. Wei, Appl. Phys. Lett. 94, 231104 (2009).
  21. C. Guo, L. L. Lu, and H. T. Wang, Opt. Lett. 34, 23 (2009).
  22. J. M. Hichmann, E. J. S. Forseca, W. C. Soares, and S. Chavez-Cerda, Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 053904 (2010).
  23. Q. S. Ferreira, A. J. Jesus-Silva, E. J. S. Fonseca, and J. M. Hickmann, Opt. Lett. 36, 3106 (2011).
  24. F. Tamburini, B. Thide, G. Molina-Terriza, and G. Anzolin, Nat. Phys. 7, 195 (2011).
  25. G. Anzolin, F. Tamburini, A. Bianchini, G. Umbriaco, and C. Barbieri, Astron. Astrophys. 488, 1159 (2008).

Cited By

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited