Experimental demonstration of tunable refractometer based on orbital angular momentum of longitudinally structured light

Author(s):

Dorrah, Ahmed H and Zamboni-Rached, Michel and Mojahedi, Mo

Abstract:

“The index of refraction plays a decisive role in the design and classification of optical materials and devices; therefore, its proper and accurate determination is essential. In most refractive index (RI) sensing schemes, however, there is a trade-off between providing high-resolution measurements and covering a wide range of RIs. We propose and experimentally demonstrate a novel mechanism for sensing the index of refraction of a medium by utilizing the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of structured light. Using a superposition of co-propagating monochromatic higher order Bessel beams with equally spaced longitudinal wavenumbers, in a comb-like setting, we generate nondiffracting rotating light structures in which the orientation of the beam’s intensity profile is sensitive to the RI of the medium (here, a fluid). In principle, the sensitivity of this scheme can exceed ∼ 2700°/RIU with a resolution of ∼ 10-5 RI unit (RIU). Furthermore, we show how the unbounded degrees of freedom associated with OAM can be deployed to offer a wide
dynamic range by generating structured light that evolves into different patterns based on the change in RI. The rotating light structures are generated by a programmable spatial light modulator (SLM). This provides dynamic control over the sensitivity, which
can be tuned to perform coarse or fine measurements of the RI in real time. This, in turn, allows high sensitivity and resolution to be achieved simultaneously over a very wide dynamic range, which is a typical trade-off in all RI sensing schemes. We thus envision that this method will open new directions in refractometry and remote sensing.”

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Publication: Light: Science \& Applications

Issue/Year/DOI: Light: Science & Applications accepted article preview 18 May 2018
DOI: 10.1038/s41377-018-0034-9

Spin-orbit interaction of light induced by transverse spin angular momentum engineering

Author(s):

Zengkai Shao and Jiangbo Zhu and Yujie Chen and Yanfeng Zhang and Siyuan Yu

Abstract:

“The investigations on optical angular momenta and their interactions have broadened our knowledge of light’s behavior at sub-wavelength scales. Recent studies further unveil the extraordinary characteristics of transverse spin angular momentum in confined light fields and orbital angular momentum in optical vortices. Here we demonstrate a direct interaction between these two intrinsic quantities of light. By engineering the transverse spin in the evanescent wave of a whispering-gallery-mode-based optical vortex emitter, a spin-orbit interaction is observed in generated vortex beams. Inversely, this unconventional spin-orbit interplay further gives rise to an enhanced spin-direction locking effect in which waveguide modes are unidirectionally excited, with the directionality jointly controlled by the spin and orbital angular momenta states of light. The identification of this previously unknown pathway between the polarization and spatial degrees of freedom of light enriches the spin-orbit interaction phenomena, and can enable various functionalities in applications such as communications and quantum information processing.”

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Publication: Nature Communications

Issue/Year/DOI: Nature Communicationsvolume 9, Article number: 926 (2018)
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03237-5

Controllable mode transformation in perfect optical vortices

Author(s):

Xinzhong Li and Haixiang Ma and Chuanlei Yin and Jie Tang and Hehe Li and Miaomiao Tang and Jingge Wang and Yuping Tai and Xiufang Li and Yishan Wang

Abstract:

“We report a novel method to freely transform the modes of a perfect optical vortex (POV). By adjusting the scaling factor of the Bessel–Gauss beam at the object plane, the POV mode transformation can be easily controlled from circle to ellipse with a high mode purity. Combined with the modulation of the cone angle of an axicon, the ellipse mode can be freely adjusted along the two orthogonal directions. The properties of the “perfect vortex” are experimentally verified. Moreover, fractional elliptic POVs with versatile modes are presented, where the number and position of the gaps are controllable. These findings are significant for applications that require the complex structured optical field of the POV.”

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Publication: Opt. Express

Issue/Year/DOI: Opt. Express, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 651-662 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.000651

Non-diffractive Bessel-Gauss beams for the detection of rotating object free of obstructions

Author(s):

Shiyao Fu and Tonglu Wang and Zheyuan Zhang and Yanwang Zhai and Chunqing Gao

Abstract:

“Bessel-Gauss beams carrying orbital angular momentum are widely known for their non-diffractive or self-reconstructing performance, and have been applied in lots of domains. Here we demonstrate that, by illuminating a rotating object with high-order Bessel-Gauss beams, a frequency shift proportional to the rotating speed and the topological charge is observed. Moreover, the frequency shift is still present once an obstacle exists in the path, in spite of the decreasing of received signals. Our work indicates the feasibility of detecting rotating objects free of obstructions, and has potential as obstruction-immune rotation sensors in engine monitoring, aerological sounding, and so on.”

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Publication: Optics Express

Issue/Year/DOI: Optics Express , Vol. 25, Issue 17, pp. 20098- 20108 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.25.020098

Bessel beams with spatial oscillating polarization

Author(s):

Fu, Shiyao and Zhang, Shikun and Gao, Chunqing

Abstract:

“Bessel beams are widely used in optical metrology mainly because of their large Rayleigh range (focal length). Radial/azimuthal polarization of such beams is of interest in the fields of material processing, plasma absorption or communication. In this paper an experimental set-up is presented, which generates a Bessel-type vector beam with a spatial polarization, oscillating along the optical axis, when propagating in free space. A first holographic axicon (HA) HA1 produces a normal, linearly polarized Bessel beam, which by a second HA2 is converted into the spatial oscillating polarized beam. The theory is briefly discussed, the set-up and the experimental results are presented in detail.”

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Publication: Scientific Reports

Issue/Year/DOI:  Scientific Reports volume 6, Article number: 30765 (2016)
DOI: 10.1038/srep30765