Controlled generation of picosecond-pulsed higher-order Poincaré sphere beams from an ytterbium-doped multicore fiber amplifier

PLUTO / PLUTO-2 Spatial Light Modulators
Higher Order Modes / Optical Vortex / OAM Polarization Generation
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Authors: Kunhao Ji, Di Lin, Ian A. Davidson, Siyi Wang, Joel Carpenter, Yoshimichi Amma, Yongmin Jung, Massimiliano Guasoni, and David J. Richardson
Abstract:

Higher-order Poincaré sphere (HOPS) beams with spatially variable polarization and phase distributions are opening up a host of unique applications in areas ranging from optical communication to microscopy. However, the flexible generation of these beams with high peak power from compact laser systems remains a challenge. Here, we demonstrate the controlled generation of HOPS beams based on coherent beam combination from an Yb-doped multicore fiber (MCF) amplifier. Using a spatial light modulator to adaptively adjust the wavefront and polarization of the signals seeded into the individual cores of the MCF various structured beams (including cylindrical vector beams and first- and second-order vortex beams) were generated with peak powers up to 14 kW for 92ps pulses.

Open Access

Publication: Photonics Research
Issue/Year: Photon. Res. 11, 181-188 (2023)
DOI: 10.1364/PRJ.475287
Link: https://doi.org/10.1364/PRJ.475287

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