Experimental generation and characterization of Devil’s vortex-lenses
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We propose the first experimental approach for both generation and characterization of high quality Devil’s vortex-lenses. These new type of lenses, able to produce a sequence of optical vortices, are addressed onto a programmable spatial light modulator (SLM) operating in phase-only modulation. The static aberrations arising by the lack of flatness of the SLM display are characterized and mostly compensated by using a Shack–Hartmann wavefront sensor. The analysis of the residual aberrations and their effect on the vortex-lens performance are studied.
KeywordsVortex Astigmatism Topological Charge Spatial Light Modulator Focal Volume
The financial support of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation under projects DPI2008-02953, TRA2009-0215 and TEC2010-20307 is acknowledged. We also acknowledge the support from Generalitat Valenciana through the project PROMETEO2009-077. J.A.R. gratefully acknowledges a “Juan de la Cierva” grant and the financial assistance provided by the Universitat Politècnica de València (grants PAID-02-10 and PAID–5-11). L.R. acknowledges a fellowship of “Fundación Cajamurcia”, Spain.
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