Influence of atmospheric turbulence on optical communications using orbital angular momentum for encoding

Author(s): Mehul Malik, Malcolm O’Sullivan, Brandon Rodenburg, Mohammad Mirhosseini, Jonathan Leach, Martin P. J. Lavery, Miles J. Padgett, and Robert W. Boyd Abstract: “We describe an experimental implementation of a free-space 11-dimensional communication system using orbital angular momentum (OAM) modes. This system has a maximum measured OAM channel capacity of 2.12 bits/photon. The effects of Kolmogorov thin-phase turbulence on the OAM channel capacity are quantified. We find that increasing the turbulence leads to a degradation of the channel capacity. We are able to mitigate the effects of turbulence by increasing the spacing between detected OAM modes. This study has implications…

Parallel phase-shifting digital holography with adaptive function using phase-mode spatial light modulator

Author(s): Miao Lin, Kouichi Nitta, Osamu Matoba, and Yasuhiro Awatsuji Abstract: “Parallel phase-shifting digital holography using a phase-mode spatial light modulator (SLM) is proposed. The phase-mode SLM implements spatial distribution of phase retardation required in the parallel phase-shifting digital holography. This SLM can also compensate dynamically the phase distortion caused by optical elements such as beam splitters, lenses, and air fluctuation. Experimental demonstration using a static object is presented.” Link to Publications Page Publication: Applied Optics, (subscription required) Issue/Year/DOI: Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 14, pp. 2633-2637 (2012) doi:10.1364/AO.51.002633

Double peacock eye optical element for extended focal depth imaging with ophthalmic applications

Author(s): Lenny A. Romero, María S. Millán, Zbigniew Jaroszewicz, Andrzej Kolodziejczyk. Abstract: “The aged human eye is commonly affected by presbyopia, and therefore, it gradually loses its capability to form images of objects placed at different distances. Extended depth of focus (EDOF) imaging elements can overcome this inability, despite the introduction of a certain amount of aberration. This paper evaluates the EDOF imaging performance of the so-called peacock eye phase diffractive element, which focuses an incident plane wave into a segment of the optical axis and explores the element’s potential use for ophthalmic presbyopia compensation optics. Two designs of the…

Light-induced spiral mass transport in azo-polymer films under vortex-beam illumination

Author(s): Antonio Ambrosio, Lorenzo Marrucci, Fabio Borbone, Antonio Roviello, Pasqualino Maddalena Abstract: “When an azobenzene-containing polymer film is exposed to a non-uniform illumination, a light-induced mass migration process may be induced, leading to the formation of relief patterns on the polymer free surface. Despite a research effort of many years and several proposed models many aspects of this phenomenon remain not well understood. Here we report the appearance of spiral-shaped relief patterns on the polymer under the illumination of focused Laguerre-Gauss beams, having helical wavefront and an optical vortex at their axis. The induced spiral reliefs are sensitive to the…

Three dimensional optical twisters-driven helically stacked multi-layered microrotors

Author(s): Jolly Xavier, Raktim Dasgupta, Sunita Ahlawat, Joby Joseph, and Pradeep Kumar Gupta Abstract: “We demonstrate tunable helically stacked multi-layered microrotors realized in vortex-embedded three dimensional (3D) optical twister patterns. Intensity-tunable annular irradiance profiles with higher order vortex are generated as well as simultaneously unfolded by phase-engineered multiple plane wave interference. In the individually tunable 3D helical bright arms of these unfolded vortex structures, 2 μm silica beads are optically trapped as spiraling multilayered handles of multi-armed microrotors. Further, multiple rows of such microrotors are parallelly actuated with controllable sense of rotation. We also present our observation on helical 3D stacking…

Experimental generation and characterization of Devil’s vortex-lenses

Author(s): A. Calatayud, J. A. Rodrigo, L. Remón, W. D. Furlan, G. Cristóbal und J. A. Monsoriu Abstract: “We propose the first experimental approach for both generation and characterization of high quality Devil’s vortex-lenses. These new type of lenses, able to produce a sequence of optical vortices, are addressed onto a programmable spatial light modulator (SLM) operating in phase-only modulation. The static aberrations arising by the lack of flatness of the SLM display are characterized and mostly compensated by using a Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor. The analysis of the residual aberrations and their effect on the vortex-lens performance are studied. ”…

Vertical differential interference contrast

Author(s): Michael Warber, Tobias Haist, Malte Hasler, and Wolfgang Osten Abstract: “We propose a new phase contrast filtering technique based on a combination of a focused and a defocused point-spread-function. This way, an axial shear is introduced in the imaging system. Compared to conventional differential interference contrast, an isotropic behavior is achieved. The lateral resolution is improved compared to conventional defocusing. Furthermore, the digital combination of multiple images leads to strongly enhanced visualization of small structures. We show simulated results as well as experimental results using a spatial-light modulator-based microscope.” Link to Publications Page Publication: Optical Engineering, (subscription required) Issue/Year/DOI:…

Scattered light fluorescence microscopy in three dimensions

Author(s): Giulia Ghielmetti and Christof M. Aegerter Abstract: “Recently, we have proposed a method to image fluorescent structures behind turbid layers at diffraction limited resolution using wave-front shaping and the memory effect. However, this was limited to a raster scanning of the wave-front shaped focus to a two dimensional plane. In applications, it can however be of great importance to be able to scan a three dimensional volume. Here we show that this can be implemented in the same setup. This is achieved by the addition of a parabolic phase shift to the shaped wave-front. Via the memory effect, this…

Pure two-dimensional polarization patterns for holographic recording

Author(s): Ulises Ruiz, Clementina Provenzano, Pasquale Pagliusi, and Gabriella Cipparrone Abstract: “Two-dimensional (2D) polarization patterns are achieved by the interference of two pairs of beams with perpendicular planes of incidence and orthogonal polarizations (i.e. linear or circular). In both cases, imposing a phase shift of π/2 between consecutive beams contains the amplitude modulation of the optical field in the superposition region and, thus, pure 2D polarization patterns are created. The recording of these interference fields in a polarization-sensitive material, namely an amorphous azopolymer, creates reconfigurable 2D periodic microstructures with peculiar diffraction properties.” Link to Publications Page Publication: Optics Letters, (subscription…

Photo-designed terahertz devices

Author(s): Takanori Okada & Koichiro Tanaka Abstract: “Technologies are being developed to manipulate electromagnetic waves using artificially structured materials such as photonic crystals and metamaterials, with the goal of creating primary optical devices. For example, artificial metallic periodic structures show potential for the construction of devices operating in the terahertz frequency regime. Here we demonstrate the fabrication of photo-designed terahertz devices that enable the real-time, wide-range frequency modulation of terahertz electromagnetic waves. These devices are comprised of a photo-induced, planar periodic-conductive structure formed by the irradiation of a silicon surface using a spatially modulated, femtosecond optical pulsed laser. We also…

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