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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Jun. 2, 2014
  • pp: 13870–13879

White light wavefront control with a spatial light modulator

Dirk-Mathys Spangenberg, Angela Dudley, Pieter H. Neethling, Erich G. Rohwer, and Andrew Forbes  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 13870-13879 (2014)

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Spatial light modulators are ubiquitous tools for wavefront control and laser beam shaping but have traditionally been used with monochromatic sources due to the inherent wavelength dependence of the calibration process and subsequent phase manipulation. In this work we show that such devices can also be used to shape broadband sources without any wavelength dependence on the output beam’s phase. We outline the principle mathematically and then demonstrate it experimentally using a supercontinuum source to shape rotating white-light Bessel beams carrying orbital angular momentum.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(320.5540) Ultrafast optics : Pulse shaping
(090.1995) Holography : Digital holography
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

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Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: March 27, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: April 29, 2014
Published: May 30, 2014

Dirk-Mathys Spangenberg, Angela Dudley, Pieter H. Neethling, Erich G. Rohwer, and Andrew Forbes, "White light wavefront control with a spatial light modulator," Opt. Express 22, 13870-13879 (2014)

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