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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 25 — Dec. 3, 2012
  • pp: 27429–27441

Position measurement of non-integer OAM beams with structurally invariant propagation

A. M. Nugrowati, W. G. Stam, and J. P. Woerdman  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 25, pp. 27429-27441 (2012)

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We present a design to generate structurally propagation invariant light beams carrying non-integer orbital angular momentum (OAM) using Hermite-Laguerre-Gaussian (HLG) modes. Different from previous techniques, the symmetry axes of our beams are fixed when varying the OAM; this simplifies the calibration technique for beam positional measurement using a quadrant detector. We have also demonstrated analytically and experimentally that both the OAM value and the HLG mode orientation play an important role in the quadrant detector response. The assumption that a quadrant detector is most sensitive at the beam center does not always hold for anisotropic beam profiles, such as HLG beams.

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OCIS Codes
(040.5160) Detectors : Photodetectors
(120.4640) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Optical instruments
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 19, 2012
Revised Manuscript: November 1, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 1, 2012
Published: November 26, 2012

A. M. Nugrowati, W. G. Stam, and J. P. Woerdman, "Position measurement of non-integer OAM beams with structurally invariant propagation," Opt. Express 20, 27429-27441 (2012)

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