Tuning vector vortex in spatially coherent multicolored beam is studied. A wavelength filter based on the tunable modal properties of light is experimentally demonstrated, and the polarization topology of optical beam profile is mapped. A hybrid mode-wavelength division multiplexing (HMWDM) scheme is proposed. In this scheme information is encoded in the wavelength of light, and the spatial mode and polarization modulation about the optical mode is used to turn on and off frequency channels. This scheme is applicable to increase information capacity of light and in high resolution microscopy.
A spatially incoherent white light optical vortex is generated using a tunable liquid crystal q-plate and white lamp source. This work investigates the propagation of incoherent vector vortex to the far field, and makes comparisons with a coherent optical vortex at a particular wavelength. The contrast ratio between the vortex’s ring and core darkness is determined, and the polarization of the vortex s mapped. For the keywords, select up to 8 key terms for a search on your manuscript's subject.
The orbital angular momentum carried by single photons represents a promising resource in the quantum information
field. In this paper we report the characterization in the quantum regime of a recently introduced
optical device, known as q-plate. Exploiting the spin-orbit coupling that takes place in the q-plate, it is possible
to transfer coherently the information from the polarization to the orbital angular momentum degree of freedom,
and viceversa. Hence the q-plate provides a reliable bi-directional interface between polarization and orbital
angular momentum. As a first paradigmatic demonstration of the q-plate properties, we have carried out the
first experimental Hong-Ou-mandel effect purely observed in the orbital angular momentum degree of freedom.