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Second-Harmonic Generation And The Conservation Of Orbital Angular Momentum With High-Order Laguerre-Gaussian Modes

Courtial, J., Dholakia, K., Allen, L., and Padgett, M.J. (1997) Second-Harmonic Generation And The Conservation Of Orbital Angular Momentum With High-Order Laguerre-Gaussian Modes. Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics, 56 (5). pp. 4193-4196. ISSN 1050-2947 (doi:10.1103/PhysRevA.56.4193)

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Abstract

Laguerre-Gaussian modes of various order are frequency doubled. The azimuthal phase structure of the second-harmonic light is measured directly by interfering the beam with its mirror image. We show that the orbital angular momentum per photon is doubled, so conserving the orbital angular momentum in the light beam. The frequency-doubled output beam is shown to have a Gegenbauer-Gaussian amplitude distribution at the beam waist. The beam can be described as a summation of Laguerre-Gaussian modes that interfere so that it changes form with propagation, but the distribution at the beam waist is reproduced in the far field. [S1050-2947(97)03311-8].

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Padgett, Prof Miles
Authors: Courtial, J., Dholakia, K., Allen, L., and Padgett, M.J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Journal Name:Physical Review A: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Journal Abbr.:Phys. Rev. A
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN:1050-2947
ISSN (Online):1094-1622

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