Title

Continuously Tunable Orbital Angular Momentum Generation Using a Polarization-maintaining Fiber

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2016

Organizational Units

College of Natual Science and Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy

Abstract

We demonstrate the generation of orbital angular momentum (OAM) in a two-mode polarization-maintaining (PM) optical fiber. We combine two linearly polarized modes of PM fiber to generate linearly polarized optical vortex beams with OAM. The average OAM can be finely varied by changing the phase between modes. We have quantitatively measured the resulting OAM to vary between ±1ℏ" role="presentation" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: inline; font-size: 12.88px; line-height: normal; word-spacing: normal; overflow-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; border: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; position: relative;">±1ℏ±1ℏ per photon while varying the relative phase between the LP11e" role="presentation" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: inline; font-size: 12.88px; line-height: normal; word-spacing: normal; overflow-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; border: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; position: relative;">LP11𝑒LP11e- and LP11o" role="presentation" style="box-sizing: border-box; display: inline; font-size: 12.88px; line-height: normal; word-spacing: normal; overflow-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; border: 0px; padding: 0px; margin: 0px; position: relative;">LP11𝑜LP11o-like fiber modes. The modal purity is 97%.

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