Detection of Bessel beams with digital axicons

  • Trichili A
  • Mhlanga T
  • Ismail Y
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We propose a simple method for the detection of Bessel beams with arbitrary radial and azimuthal indices, and then demonstrate it in an all-digital setup with a spatial light modulator. We confirm that the fidelity of the detection method is very high, with modal cross-talk below 5%, even for high orbital angular momentum carrying fields with long propagation ranges. To illustrate the versatility of the approach we use it to observe the modal spectrum changes during the self-reconstruction process of Bessel beams after encountering an obstruction, as well as to characterize modal distortions of Bessel beams propagating through atmospheric turbulence.

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  • Abderrahmen Trichili

  • Thandeka Mhlanga

  • Yaseera Ismail

  • Filippus Roux

  • Melanie McLaren

  • Mourad Zghal

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