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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2012
  • pp: 2823–2825

Electro-optically generating and controlling right- and left-handed circularly polarized multiring modes of light beams

Wenguo Zhu and Weilong She  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 14, pp. 2823-2825 (2012)

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We propose a simple method for generating and controlling right- and left-handed circularly polarized (RHP and LHP) multiring modes of light beams by means of Pockels effect in a single strontium barium niobate (SBN) crystal. The numerical results show that an LHP Laguerre—Gaussian LG0l beam, propagating along the optical axis of the crystal, will partly turn into an RHP vortex light field of order l+2. Moreover, a pair of the LHP and RHP components of the output light field is LG-like modes sharing an identically radial index, which is electro-optically controllable. The power ratio between these two components depends on the applied electric field and the mode of input beam.

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OCIS Codes
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(080.4865) Geometric optics : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

Original Manuscript: May 4, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 28, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 29, 2012
Published: July 9, 2012

Wenguo Zhu and Weilong She, "Electro-optically generating and controlling right- and left-handed circularly polarized multiring modes of light beams," Opt. Lett. 37, 2823-2825 (2012)

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