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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 23 — Nov. 18, 2013
  • pp: 27750–27758

Generation of femtosecond optical vortices by molecular modulation in a Raman-active crystal

Miaochan Zhi, Kai Wang, Xia Hua, Hans Schuessler, James Strohaber, and Alexei V. Sokolov  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 23, pp. 27750-27758 (2013)

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We have generated multi-color optical vortices in a Raman-active crystal PbWO4 using two-color Fourier-transform limited femtosecond laser pulses. This setup overcomes some of the limitation of our previous research by allowing for the production of subcycle femtosecond optical vortices without the need for compensating for added chirp. In addition, the use of an OPA allows for greater flexibility in exciting different Raman modes. We verified the topological charges using two different methods. These diagnostic experiments verify not only theoretically predicted OAM algebra but demonstrated instabilities in high-order OVs. We have also studied factors which affect the high-order vortex sidebands such as the diameter and intensity of the input beams.

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OCIS Codes
(190.7110) Nonlinear optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Nonlinear Optics

Original Manuscript: July 1, 2013
Revised Manuscript: September 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: September 9, 2013
Published: November 5, 2013

Miaochan Zhi, Kai Wang, Xia Hua, Hans Schuessler, James Strohaber, and Alexei V. Sokolov, "Generation of femtosecond optical vortices by molecular modulation in a Raman-active crystal," Opt. Express 21, 27750-27758 (2013)

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