9 September 2006 Generation of helical Ince-Gaussian beams: beam-shaping with a liquid crystal display
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We review the three types of laser beams - Hermite-Gaussian (HG), Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) and the newly discovered Ince-Gaussian (IG) beams. We discuss the helical forms of the LG and IG beams that consist of linear combinations of the even and odd solutions and form a number of vortices that are useful for optical trapping applications. We discuss how to generate these beams by encoding the desired amplitude and phase onto a single parallel-aligned liquid crystal display (LCD). We introduce a novel interference technique where we generate both the object and reference beams using a single LCD and show the vortex interference patterns.
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Jeffrey A. Davis, Jeffrey A. Davis, Joel B. Bentley, Joel B. Bentley, Miguel A. Bandres, Miguel A. Bandres, Julio C. Gutiérrez-Vega, Julio C. Gutiérrez-Vega, } "Generation of helical Ince-Gaussian beams: beam-shaping with a liquid crystal display", Proc. SPIE 6290, Laser Beam Shaping VII, 62900R (9 September 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.679533; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.679533
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