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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 14 — Jul. 14, 2014
  • pp: 17553–17560

Detection of Bessel beams with digital axicons

Abderrahmen Trichili, Thandeka Mhlanga, Yaseera Ismail, Filippus S. Roux, Melanie McLaren, Mourad Zghal, and Andrew Forbes  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 14, pp. 17553-17560 (2014)

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We propose a simple method for the detection of Bessel beams with arbitrary radial and azimuthal indices, and then demonstrate it in an all-digital setup with a spatial light modulator. We confirm that the fidelity of the detection method is very high, with modal cross-talk below 5%, even for high orbital angular momentum carrying fields with long propagation ranges. To illustrate the versatility of the approach we use it to observe the modal spectrum changes during the self-reconstruction process of Bessel beams after encountering an obstruction, as well as to characterize modal distortions of Bessel beams propagating through atmospheric turbulence.

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OCIS Codes
(090.1995) Holography : Digital holography
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(070.6120) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: May 29, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 1, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 1, 2014
Published: July 11, 2014

Abderrahmen Trichili, Thandeka Mhlanga, Yaseera Ismail, Filippus S. Roux, Melanie McLaren, Mourad Zghal, and Andrew Forbes, "Detection of Bessel beams with digital axicons," Opt. Express 22, 17553-17560 (2014)

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