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Journal of the Optical Society of America B

Journal of the Optical Society of America B

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  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2013
  • pp: 615–621

Multiple-beam interference in a spiral phase plate

Yisa S. Rumala and Aaron E. Leanhardt  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA B, Vol. 30, Issue 3, pp. 615-621 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAB.30.000615


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Abstract

Optical transmission through a spiral phase plate is analyzed by treating the device as a Fabry–Perot etalon with an azimuthally varying thickness. The transmitted beam is calculated to contain a coherent superposition of optical vortices with different winding numbers. This yields an intensity profile with a periodic modulation as a function of azimuthal angle where the orientation rotates as a function of the laser frequency. These effects are quantified experimentally and theoretically.

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OCIS Codes
(050.2230) Diffraction and gratings : Fabry-Perot
(120.7000) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Transmission
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(080.4865) Geometric optics : Optical vortices
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: October 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: January 6, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2013
Published: February 15, 2013

Citation
Yisa S. Rumala and Aaron E. Leanhardt, "Multiple-beam interference in a spiral phase plate," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 615-621 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josab/abstract.cfm?URI=josab-30-3-615

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