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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 25 — Dec. 7, 2009
  • pp: 22791–22799

Self-pumped phase conjugation of light beams carrying orbital angular momentum

Mike Woerdemann, Christina Alpmann, and Cornelia Denz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 25, pp. 22791-22799 (2009)

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We investigate the properties of angular momentum carrying vortex beams, reflected by a phase-conjugating mirror. It is shown that a self-pumped photorefractive phase-conjugating mirror is suitable to produce stable, high-fidelity phase conjugation of vortex beams. We prove that the topological charge of the vortex beam is maintained, and thus the angular momentum in the laboratory frame of reference is reversed, as it is expected by the time reversal property of the phase-conjugating mirror. The three dimensional interference pattern in front of the phase-conjugating mirror is studied and applications in optical traps are suggested.

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OCIS Codes
(140.7010) Lasers and laser optics : Laser trapping
(190.5040) Nonlinear optics : Phase conjugation
(190.5330) Nonlinear optics : Photorefractive optics
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 3, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 22, 2009
Published: November 30, 2009

Mike Woerdemann, Christina Alpmann, and Cornelia Denz, "Self-pumped phase conjugation of light beams carrying orbital angular momentum," Opt. Express 17, 22791-22799 (2009)

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