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High-quality generation of higher-order Laguerre-Gaussian beams using liquid crystal on silicon spatial light modulator
Author(s): Yoshiyuki Ohtake; Taro Ando; Naoya Matsumoto; Takashi Inoue; Norihiro Fukuchi; Haruyasu Itoh; Naohisa Mukohzaka; Tsutomu Hara
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Paper Abstract

We report holographic generation of higher-order Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) beams using a liquid crystal on silicon spatial light modulator (LCOS-SLM) device. In our experimental set-up, a flat-top light beam was projected on the LCOS-SLM to generate LG beams of various mode indices without changes of the optical system. Additionally, the size of the holographic phase pattern was optimized for each beam to maximize the mode purity of the obtained beam. Holographic generation of LG beams is easily influenced by a distortion of the optical system and deviation of the phase setting from an ideal one. Nevertheless, we obtained high-quality LG beams with an additional phase pattern on the LCOS-SLM for canceling the distortion of the optical system and with calibration of the phase control voltage for precise expression of the phase patterns. Numerical analyses are also performed for two-dimensional beam profiles to verify the quality of the obtained beams. Through fitting the obtained profiles to theoretical ones, we calculate the correlation coefficients R between the observed and fitted profiles to find that R > 0.95 for all beams and that the correlation coefficients behave similarly to the theoretically estimated mode purities, facts indicating that the quality of the obtained LG beams is close to the theoretical limit in our experiments.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 January 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 6905, Complex Light and Optical Forces II, 690507 (25 January 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.762538
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Yoshiyuki Ohtake, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan)
Taro Ando, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan)
Naoya Matsumoto, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan)
Takashi Inoue, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan)
Norihiro Fukuchi, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan)
Haruyasu Itoh, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan)
Naohisa Mukohzaka, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan)
Tsutomu Hara, Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6905:
Complex Light and Optical Forces II
David L. Andrews; Enrique J. Galvez; Gerard Nienhuis, Editor(s)

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