Optical vortex beam exhibits a ring-shaped spatial profile and carries an orbital angular momentum (OAM), characterized by an azimuthal phase term, eiℓΦ%( is a topological charge and Φ is the azimuthal angle) [1], and has been widely applied in a variety of fields, such as optical tweezing and manipulation, and material processing [2]. Also, flower-shaped modes, i.e. coherent superposition of optical vortices with different OAM states also receive much attention, because their unique properties provide potentially advanced applications, including optical trapping [3] and quantum optics [4]. The aforementioned applications strongly desire a versatility of wavelength and OAM state to optical vortex sources [5]. In this presentation, we report on the first demonstration of a tunable vortex laser with versatile flower-shaped modes based on an optical vortex pumped optical parametric oscillator (OPO) formed of a non-critical phasematching LiB3O5 (NCPM-LBO) crystal in a linear cavity configuration with a cavity length of 60 mm.

© 2019 Japan Society of Applied Physics, The Optical Society (OSA)

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