Special Section on Complex Light

Propagation of structured light beams after multiple reflections in a spiral phase plate

[+] Author Affiliations
Yisa S. Rumala

City College of The City University of New York (CUNY), Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Lasers, Department of Physics, Department of Electrical Engineering, New York, New York 10031, United States

New York State Center for Complex Light, New York, New York 10031, United States

Opt. Eng. 54(11), 111306 (Aug 20, 2015). doi:10.1117/1.OE.54.11.111306
History: Received March 15, 2015; Accepted July 6, 2015
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Abstract.  This work presents propagation dynamics of structured light (complex light) containing optical vortices after it has undergone multiple reflections in a spiral phase plate (SPP) device having a nonzero surface reflection. In the calculations, the thick-plate approximation is assumed as it is expected to give a more accurate representation of the standard geometry of an SPP device from a low-surface reflection to a high-surface reflection. Calculations showing the propagation of counter-rotating optical vortices are presented, and the effect of the statistical nature of photons on the observation of the angular intensity modulation of the beam is discussed.

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Yisa S. Rumala
"Propagation of structured light beams after multiple reflections in a spiral phase plate", Opt. Eng. 54(11), 111306 (Aug 20, 2015). ; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/1.OE.54.11.111306


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