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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 18 — Aug. 27, 2012
  • pp: 19714–19725

Wavefront reconstruction by modal decomposition

Christian Schulze, Darryl Naidoo, Daniel Flamm, Oliver A. Schmidt, Andrew Forbes, and Michael Duparré  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 18, pp. 19714-19725 (2012)

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We propose a new method to determine the wavefront of a laser beam based on modal decomposition by computer-generated holograms. The hologram is encoded with a transmission function suitable for measuring the amplitudes and phases of the modes in real-time. This yields the complete information about the optical field, from which the Poynting vector and the wavefront are deduced. Two different wavefront reconstruction options are outlined: reconstruction from the phase for scalar beams, and reconstruction from the Poynting vector for inhomogeneously polarized beams. Results are compared to Shack-Hartmann measurements that serve as a reference and are shown to reproduce the wavefront and phase with very high fidelity.

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OCIS Codes
(010.7350) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Wave-front sensing
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(090.1995) Holography : Digital holography
(140.3295) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam characterization
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: June 29, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 2, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 3, 2012
Published: August 13, 2012

Christian Schulze, Darryl Naidoo, Daniel Flamm, Oliver A. Schmidt, Andrew Forbes, and Michael Duparré, "Wavefront reconstruction by modal decomposition," Opt. Express 20, 19714-19725 (2012)

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