Abstract

We demonstrate polarization-controlled switching of the orbital angular momentum (OAM) transfer in nonlinear wave mixing. By adjusting the input beam geometry, we are able to produce a three-channel orbital OAM, with arbitrary topological charges simultaneously generated and spatially resolved in the second-harmonic wavelength. The use of path and polarization degrees of freedom allows nearly perfect optical switching between different OAM operations. These results are supported by a theoretical model showing very good agreement with the experiments.

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