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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 1 — Jan. 4, 2010
  • pp: 72–78

Superposition of helical beams by using a Michelson interferometer

Chunqing Gao, Xiaoqing Qi, Yidong Liu, and Horst Weber  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 1, pp. 72-78 (2010)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.18.000072


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Abstract

Orbital angular momentum (OAM) of a helical beam is of great interests in the high density optical communication due to its infinite number of eigen-states. In this paper, an experimental setup is realized to the information encoding and decoding on the OAM eigen-states. A hologram designed by the iterative method is used to generate the helical beams, and a Michelson interferometer with two Porro prisms is used for the superposition of two helical beams. The experimental results of the collinear superposition of helical beams and their OAM eigen-states detection are presented.

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OCIS Codes
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(080.4865) Geometric optics : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 13, 2009
Revised Manuscript: December 6, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: December 14, 2009
Published: December 22, 2009

Citation
Chunqing Gao, Xiaoqing Qi, Yidong Liu, and Horst Weber, "Superposition of helical beams by using a Michelson interferometer," Opt. Express 18, 72-78 (2010)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-18-1-72


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