Abstract

We present a mode purity comparison between optical vortices (OVs) generated by a static multilevel phase plate with 16 or 32 phase steps and a vortex generated with a segmented deformable mirror with 37 actuators. Computer simulations show the intensity and phase of the vortices generated with the two methods. The deformable mirror, by being reconfigurable, shows better mode purity for high charge OVs, while the static phase plate mode efficiency declines due to the fixed number phase quantization.

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