Gotte, J.B. and O'Holleran, K. and Preece, D. and Flossmann, F. and Franke-Arnold, S. and Barnett, S.M. and Padgett, M.J. (2008) Light beams with fractional orbital angular momentum and their vortex structure. Optics Express, 16 (2). pp. 993-1006. ISSN 1094-4087Full text not available in this repository. (Request a copy from the Strathclyde author)
Light emerging from a spiral phase plate with a non-integer phase step has a complicated vortex structure and is unstable on propagation. We generate light carrying fractional orbital angular momentum (OAM) not with a phase step but by a synthesis of Laguerre-Gaussian modes. By limiting the number of different Gouy phases in the superposition we produce a light beam which is well characterised in terms of its propagation. We believe that their structural stability makes these beams ideal for quantum information processes utilising fractional OAM states.
|Keywords:||light beams, fractional orbital angular momentum, vortex structure, Physics, Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics|
|Subjects:||Science > Physics|
|Department:||Faculty of Science > Physics|
|Depositing user:||Strathprints Administrator|
|Date Deposited:||01 Jun 2010 11:33|
|Last modified:||04 May 2016 15:05|