Abstract

We generate optical vortex beams in a nanosecond optical parametric oscillator based on an image-rotating resonator. This efficient new method of vortex generation should be adaptable to pulsed or continuous lasers.

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Appl. Opt. (1)

D. J. Armstrong, M. C. Phillips, and A. V. Smith, �??Generation of radially polarized beams using an image-rotating resonator,�?? to be published in Applied Optics.

J. Mod. Opt. (1)

V. Y. Bazhenov, M. S. Soskin, and M. V. Vasnetsov, �??Screw dislocations in light wavefronts,�?? J. Mod. Opt. 39, 985-990 (1992).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. B (2)

Opt. Commun. (4)

E. Abramochkin, N. Losevsky, and V. Volostnikov, �??Generation of spiral-type laser beams,�?? Opt. Commun. 141 59-64 (1997).
[CrossRef]

R. Oron, N. Davidson, A. A. Friesem, and E. Hasman, �??Efficient formation of pure helical laser beams,�?? Opt. Commun. 182, 205-208 (2000).
[CrossRef]

E. Abramochkin and V. Volostnikov, �??Beam transformations and nontransformed beams,�?? Opt. Commun. 83 123-135 (1991).
[CrossRef]

M. W. Beijersbergen, L. Allen, H. E. L. O. van der Veen, and J. P. Woerdman, �??Astigmatic laser mode converters and transfer of orbital angular momentum,�?? Opt. Commun. 96, 123-132 (1993).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (2)

Phy. Rev. A (1)

L. Allen, M. W. Beijersbergen, R. J. C. Spreeuw, and J. P. Woerdman, �??Orbital angular momentum of light and the transformation of Laguerre-Gaussian laser modes,�?? Phy. Rev. A 45, 8185-8189 (1992).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (6)

P. DiTrapani, W. Chinaglia, S. Minardi, A. Piskarskas, and G. Valiulis, �??Observation of quadratic optical vortex solitons,�?? Phys. Rev. Lett. 84, 3843-3846 (2000).
[CrossRef]

Z. Chen, M. Segev, D. W. Wilson, R. E. Muller, and P. D. Maker, �??Self-trapping of an optical vortex by use of the bulk photovoltaic effect,�?? Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 2948-2951 (1997).
[CrossRef]

T. Kuga, Y. Torii, N. Shiokawa, T. Hirano, Y. Shimizu, and H. Sasada, �??Novel optical trap of atoms with a doughnut beam,�?? Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 4713-4716 (1997).
[CrossRef]

H. He, M. E. J. Friese, N. R. Heckenberg, and H. Rubinsztein-Dunlop, �??Direct observation of transfer of angular momentum to absorptive particles from a laser beam with a phase singularity,�?? Phys. Rev. Lett. 75, 826-829 (1995).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

A. G. Truscott, M. E. J. Friese, N. R. Heckenberg, and H. Rubinsztein-Dunlop, �??Optically written waveguide in an atomic vapor,�?? Phys. Rev. Lett. 82, 1438-1441 (1999).
[CrossRef]

G. A. Swartzlander, Jr. and C. T. Law, �??Optical vortex solitons observed in Kerr nonlinear media,�?? Phys. Rev. Lett. 69, 2503-2506 (1992).
[CrossRef]

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Figures (5)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

Nonplanar ring OPO cavity with 90° image rotation on each cavity pass.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Far field signal fluence profile for on-axis seeding. The subscript ‖ denotes the direction parallel to birefringent walkoff in the KTP crystal, while ⊥ denotes the direction perpendicular to walkoff.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

Formation of a vortex beam from an off-axis seed beam when the cavity is tuned to a four-times-around longitudinal mode. The circles represent the seed beam after 0, 1, 2, and 3 passes around the cavity. The arrows represent the relative phases in each portion of the beam.

Fig. 4.
Fig. 4.

Far field signal fluence profile for off-axis seeding with the cavity tuned to a four-times-around resonance.

Fig. 5.
Fig. 5.

Interference pattern of OPO beam and spherical wave showing spiral phase with charge 1.

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M = ( r s 2 r p 1 e i ϕ 1 0 0 r s 1 r p 2 e i ϕ 2 )

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