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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 25 — Dec. 6, 2010
  • pp: 25987–25992

Analysis of multilevel spiral phase plates using a Dammann vortex sensing grating

N. Zhang, Jeffrey A. Davis, Ignacio Moreno, Don M. Cottrell, and X.-C. Yuan  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 25, pp. 25987-25992 (2010)

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Optical vortices can be easily generated using a multilevel spiral phase plate (SPP). However the quality of the generated vortex beam depends on the number of phase segments. We review the theory for this multilevel SPP using a Fourier expansion of integer topological charged vortices. We then experimentally examine the validity of this expansion using a fabricated Dammann vortex diffraction grating spectrum analyzer. The Dammann vortex diffraction grating is fabricated using SU-8 photoresist on glass substrate and yields uniform diffraction efficiency across a desired number of diffracted orders. Experimental results show the extra angular harmonics of a multilevel SPP and agree with the theory.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(350.2770) Other areas of optics : Gratings
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: July 28, 2010
Revised Manuscript: August 18, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: August 18, 2010
Published: November 30, 2010

N. Zhang, Jeffrey A. Davis, Ignacio Moreno, Don M. Cottrell, and X.-C. Yuan, "Analysis of multilevel spiral phase plates using a Dammann vortex sensing grating," Opt. Express 18, 25987-25992 (2010)

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