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Applied Physics B

, 125:49 | Cite as

Amplification of higher order Poincaré sphere beams through Nd:YLF and Nd:YAG crystals

  • Hend Sroor
  • Igor Litvin
  • Darryl Naidoo
  • Andrew ForbesEmail author
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Abstract

Scalar and vector orbital angular momentum modes, generally described by the higher order Poincaré sphere (HOPS), have found many applications to date, but limited to low-power levels. It has thus become topical to consider amplification of such structured light modes. Here, we employ recently developed characterisation tools for HOPS beams to study their purity through birefringent and non-birefringent amplifiers in a master oscillator power amplifier configuration. We outline a general theory for the problem that considers both vector and gain perspectives, and confirm the theory by experiment.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PhysicsUniversity of the WitwatersrandJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Institut für ExperimentalphysikFreie Universität BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.CSIR National Laser CenterPretoriaSouth Africa

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