Analysis of practical fractional vortex beams at far field

Eduardo Peters, Gustavo Funes*, L. Martínez-León, Enrique Tajahuerce

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Abstract

The subject of calculating the topological charge (TC) or vortex strength of optical vortices has generated divided opinions among scientists. This is due to the fact that proper analytical results are hard to support from the experimental point of view, leading to different results and conclusions. In this work we will present numerical data that shows the limits of TC measurements for practical fractional vortices and the possible challenges that high order measurements may pose. By analyzing the far field phase and the behavior of the transitions we have shown that they follow specific curves that depend not only on the TC but also on the beam waist. This leads us to present a new “strength staircase” for practical vortices. Our aim is to give some insight in practical scenarios that have not been taken into account in previous results.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108480
JournalOptics and Laser Technology
Volume156
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors declare the following financial interests/personal relationships which may be considered as potential competing interests: Enrique Tajahuerce, Lluis Martinez-Leon reports financial support was provided by Spain Ministry of Science and Innovation. Enrique Tajahuerce, Lluis Martinez-Leon reports financial support was provided by Generalitat Valenciana.

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© 2022 Elsevier Ltd

Keywords

  • Optical vortices
  • Singular optics
  • Spatial light modulators

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