We propose an efficient and robust method to generate the kaleidoscope vortex beam by employing an astigmatic laser cavity with an extra-cavity cylindrical lens. The kaleidoscope vortex beam is arising from the superposition of Laguerre-Gaussian modes with the longitudinal-transverse coupling effect in the laser cavity. The superposed Laguerre-Gaussian mode leads to the formation of complex phase singularities and implies the participation of different optical orbital angular momentum involved in a single kaleidoscope vortex beam. We experimentally demonstrate that a series of kaleidoscope vortex beams with different symmetry are systematically achieved by using a simple setup. The output power of the laser is dependent on the cavity length. This approach is expected to create high-order optical vortex beams and pave the way for optical entanglement.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics