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Opt Express. 2008 May 12;16(10):7091-101.

Orbital angular momentum (OAM) spectrum correction in free space optical communication.

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Department of Opto-electric Engineering, School of Information Science and Technology, Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing 100081, China.


Orbital angular momentum (OAM) of laser beams has potential application in free space optical communication, but it is sensitive against pointing instabilities of the beam, i.e. shift (lateral displacement) and tilt (deflection of the beam). This work proposes a method to correct the distorted OAM spectrum by using the mean square value of the orbital angular momentum as an indicator. Qualitative analysis is given, and the numerical simulation is carried out for demonstration. The results show that the mean square value can be used to determine the beam axis of the superimposed helical beams. The initial OAM spectrum can be recovered.

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