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  • Vol. 37, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2012
  • pp: 2451–2453

Control of orbital angular momentum of light with optical fibers

Nenad Bozinovic, Steven Golowich, Poul Kristensen, and Siddharth Ramachandran  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 13, pp. 2451-2453 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.37.002451


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Abstract

We present a fiber-based method for generating vortex beams with a tunable value of orbital angular momentum from 1 to +1 per photon. We propose a new (to our knowledge) method to determine the modal content of the fiber and demonstrate high purity of the desired vortex state (97% after 20 m, even after bends and twists). This method has immediate utility for the multitude of applications in science and technology that exploit vortex light states.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2340) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics components
(060.4230) Fiber optics and optical communications : Multiplexing
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Fiber Optics and Optical Communications

History
Original Manuscript: March 8, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 20, 2012
Published: June 18, 2012

Citation
Nenad Bozinovic, Steven Golowich, Poul Kristensen, and Siddharth Ramachandran, "Control of orbital angular momentum of light with optical fibers," Opt. Lett. 37, 2451-2453 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-37-13-2451


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