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Publication - Dr Jiangbo Zhu

    Spiral Transformation for High-Resolution and Efficient Sorting of Optical Vortex Modes

    Citation

    Wen, Y, Chremmos, I, Chen, Y, Zhu, J, Zhang, Y & Yu, S, 2018, ‘Spiral Transformation for High-Resolution and Efficient Sorting of Optical Vortex Modes’. Physical Review Letters, vol 120.

    Abstract

    Mode sorting is an essential function for optical multiplexing systems that exploit the orthogonality of the orbital angular momentum mode space. The familiar log-polar optical transformation provides a simple yet efficient approach whose resolution is, however, restricted by a considerable overlap between adjacent modes resulting from the limited excursion of the phase along a complete circle around the optical vortex axis. We propose and experimentally verify a new optical transformation that maps spirals (instead of concentric circles) to parallel lines. As the phase excursion along a spiral in the wave front of an optical vortex is theoretically unlimited, this new optical transformation can separate orbital angular momentum modes with superior resolution while maintaining unity efficiency.

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