We make optical vortices of different topological charge and diffract them through a quadratic phase mask using the same spatial light modulator. This phase mask shows the diffraction in which the positive diffracted order has different dynamics than the negative diffracted order. The diffraction pattern and its orientation depend on the charge of the vortex as well as its sign. The experimental results are verified with exact analytical results.
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Diffraction and Gratings
Original Manuscript: January 23, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 14, 2012
Published: April 5, 2012
Pravin Vaity and R. P. Singh, "Topological charge dependent propagation of optical vortices under quadratic phase transformation," Opt. Lett. 37, 1301-1303 (2012)