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Title: Utilizing phase delays of an integrated pixel-array structure to generate orbital-angular-momentum beams with tunable orders and a broad bandwidth

We study the relationship between the input phase delays and the output mode orders when using a pixel-array structure fed by multiple single-mode waveguides for tunable orbital-angular-momentum (OAM) beam generation. As an emitter of a free-space OAM beam, the designed structure introduces a transformation function that shapes and coherently combines multiple (e.g., four) equal-amplitude inputs, with thekth input carrying a phase delay of(k−<#comment/>1)Δ<#comment/>φ<#comment/>. The simulation results show that (1) the generated OAM order ℓ is dependent on the relative phase delayΔ<#comment/>φ<#comment/>; (2) the transformation function can be tailored by engineering the structure to support different tunable ranges (e.g., l={−<#comment/>1},{−<#comment/>1,+1},{−<#comment/>1,0,+1}, or{−<#comment/>2,−<#comment/>1,+1,+2}); and (3) multiple independent coaxial OAM beams can be generated by simultaneously feeding the structure with multiple independent beams, such that each beam has its ownΔ<#comment/>φ<#comment/>value for the four inputs. Moreover, there is a trade-off between the tunable range and the mode purity, bandwidth, and crosstalk, such that the increase of the tunable range leads to (a) decreased mode purity (from 91% to 75% forl=−<#comment/>1), (b) decreased 3 dB bandwidth of emission efficiency (from 285 nm forl={−<#comment/>1}to 122 nm forl={−<#comment/>2,−<#comment/>1,+1,+2}), and (c) increased crosstalk within the C-band (from−<#comment/>23.7to−<#comment/>13.2dBwhen the tunable range increases from 2 to 4).

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Publisher / Repository:
Optical Society of America
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Journal Name:
Optics Letters
0146-9592; OPLEDP
Page Range / eLocation ID:
Article No. 4144
Medium: X
Sponsoring Org:
National Science Foundation
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