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Resonant evanescent excitation of guided waves with high-order optical angular momentum

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Abstract

Gaussian-beam-like bundles of semi-guided waves propagating in a dielectric slab can excite modes with high-order optical angular momentum supported by a circular fiber. We consider a multimode step-index fiber with a high-index coating, where the waves in the slab are evanescently coupled to the modes of the fiber. Conditions for effective resonant interaction are identified. Based on a hybrid analytical–numerical coupled mode model, our simulations predict that substantial fractions of the input power can be focused into waves with specific orbital angular momentum, of excellent purity, with a clear distinction between degenerate modes with opposite vorticity.

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