Spatial transformation of Laguerre-Gaussian laser modes

J. Arlt, R. Kuhn, K. Dholakia

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A method is described to spatially transform the annular profile of an arbitrary high-order Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) laser mode into an ultra-narrow annulus using a combination of an axicon and a lens. The method is shown to conserve the azimuthal phase variation of the illuminating LG mode. The thin annular (hollow) light beam generated possesses orbital angular momentum and is suitable for experimental studies with cold atoms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-787
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Apr 15

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Funding Information:
We would like to thank the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Council for supporting this work.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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