5 March 2013 Mode analysis using the correlation filter method
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Proceedings Volume 8637, Complex Light and Optical Forces VII; 863717 (2013) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2004557
Event: SPIE OPTO, 2013, San Francisco, California, United States
We introduce the correlation filter method for measuring the modal power spectrum of multi-mode beams. The method is based on an optical filter performing the integral relation of correlation. This filter is realized as a computer-generated hologram with a specifically designed transmission function based on the spatial distribution of the set of modes under test. The beam that is illuminating the hologram is generating a diffraction pattern containing information about modal amplitudes and intermodal phase differences. We will show that a simple single-shot intensity measurement is sufficient to gain the information about modal amplitudes and phases from the diffraction pattern which result in the ability to reconstruct the optical field under test. Beside a detailed presentation of the measurement process, the setup and the design of the correlation filters, the major advantage of the method, the ability to perform real-time measurements is introduced. As a test system, we investigate the guided modes of a few mode multi-mode fiber and show fast changing modal coupling processes. Thereby, we show measurement results of online-monitoring the reconstructed optical field of the beam under test.
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Daniel Flamm, Daniel Flamm, Christian Schulze, Christian Schulze, Darryl Naidoo, Darryl Naidoo, Andrew Forbes, Andrew Forbes, Michael Duparré, Michael Duparré, "Mode analysis using the correlation filter method", Proc. SPIE 8637, Complex Light and Optical Forces VII, 863717 (5 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2004557; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2004557

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