Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Optical manipulation using optimal annular vortices

Rafael Paez-Lopez, Ulises Ruiz, Victor Arrizon, and Ruben Ramos-Garcia

We discuss a simple method to generate a configurable annular vortex beam (AVB) with the maximum possible peak intensity, employing a phase hologram whose transmittance is the phase of a Bessel beam. Due to its maximum intensity, the AVB provides the optimal density of the orbital angular moment. Another attribute of the generated AVB is the relatively high invariance of the intensity profile when the topological charge is changed. We demonstrate the advantages and flexibility of these AVBs for optical trapping applications.

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