Generation of vortex array laser beams with Dove prism embedded unbalanced Mach-Zehnder interferometer

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This paper introduces a scheme for generation of vortex laser beams from a solid-state laser with off-axis laser-diode pumping. The proposed system consists of a Dove prism embedded in an unbalanced Mach-Zehnder interferometer configuration. This configuration allows controlled construction of p × p vortex array beams from Ince-Gaussian modes, IG e p,p modes. An incident IG e p,p laser beam of variety order p can easily be generated from an end-pumped solid-state laser with an off-axis pumping mechanism. This study simulates this type of vortex array laser beam generation and discusses beam propagation effects. The formation of ordered transverse emission patterns have applications in a variety of areas such as optical data storage, distribution, and processing that exploit the robustness of soliton and vortex fields and optical manipulations of small particles and atoms in the featured intensity distribution.

Original languageEnglish
Article number72270L
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Apr 6
EventComplex Light and Optical Forces III - San Jose, CA, United States
Duration: 2009 Jan 282009 Jan 29

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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