Direct generation of red and orange optical vortex beams from an off-axis diode-pumped Pr3+:YLF laser

Yuanyuan Ma, Adam Vallés*, Jung Chen Tung, Yung-Fu Chen, Katsuhiko Miyamoto, Takashige Omatsu*

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Abstract

We demonstrate the direct generation of visible vortex beams at 640 nm and 607 nm by employing an off-axis pumping scheme in a diode end-pumped Pr3+:YLF laser. A detailed numerical analysis, based on the coherent superposition of Hermite-Gaussian modes with different amplitudes and phases, is perfectly consistent with the experimentally observed lasing modes. The maximum vortex output powers have been measured to be 808 mW and 211 mW at a pump power of 3.16 W, for the wavelengths of 640 nm and 607 nm, respectively. We also demonstrate the handedness control of the generated vortex beam. Such a visible vortex laser can potentially be applied in super-resolution fluorescent microscopes and micro-fabrication research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18190-18200
Number of pages11
JournalOptics Express
Volume27
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Jun 2019

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