Light beams carrying orbital angular momentum are key resources in modern photonics. In many applications, the ability to measure the complex spectrum of structured light beams in terms of these fundamental modes is crucial. Here we propose and experimentally validate a simple method that achieves this goal by digital analysis of the interference pattern formed by the light beam and a reference field. Our approach allows one to also characterize the beam radial distribution, hence retrieving the entire information contained in the optical field. Setup simplicity and reduced number of measurements could make this approach practical and convenient for the characterization of structured light fields.

Measuring the complex orbital angular momentum spectrum and spatial mode decomposition of structured light beams

D'ERRICO, ALESSIO;PICCIRILLO, BRUNO;CARDANO, FILIPPO;MARRUCCI, LORENZO
2017

Abstract

Light beams carrying orbital angular momentum are key resources in modern photonics. In many applications, the ability to measure the complex spectrum of structured light beams in terms of these fundamental modes is crucial. Here we propose and experimentally validate a simple method that achieves this goal by digital analysis of the interference pattern formed by the light beam and a reference field. Our approach allows one to also characterize the beam radial distribution, hence retrieving the entire information contained in the optical field. Setup simplicity and reduced number of measurements could make this approach practical and convenient for the characterization of structured light fields.
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