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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 8 — Apr. 12, 2010
  • pp: 8251–8260

Near-diffraction-limited annular flattop beam shaping with dual phase only liquid crystal spatial light modulators

Haotong Ma, Pu Zhou, Xiaolin Wang, Yanxing Ma, Fengjie Xi, Xiaojun Xu, and Zejin Liu  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 8, pp. 8251-8260 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.008251


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Abstract

We demonstrate the annular flattop beam shaping technique with dual phase only liquid crystal spatial light modulators (LC-SLM) based on the refractive laser beam shaping systems. One LC-SLM redistributes the intensity distribution, and the other restores the initial underlying wave front. Differing from the conventional annular beam shaping technique, the wave front of the output beam can be maintained. The influences of deviations of beam waist and beam shape on the output beam profile are discussed in detail. Experimental results show that approximate 71% of the power is enclosed in a region with less than 7% rms intensity variation. The 4.1mm diameter near-diffraction-limited beam retains an annular flattop intensity distribution without significant diffraction peaks for a working distance of more than 24cm in the near field.

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OCIS Codes
(120.5060) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase modulation
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 27, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 13, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2010
Published: April 5, 2010

Citation
Haotong Ma, Pu Zhou, Xiaolin Wang, Yanxing Ma, Fengjie Xi, Xiaojun Xu, and Zejin Liu, "Near-diffraction-limited annular flattop beam shaping with dual phase only liquid crystal spatial light modulators," Opt. Express 18, 8251-8260 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-8-8251


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