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Tunable mid-infrared source of light carrying orbital angular momentum in the femtosecond regime

Abstract

We report on a tunable intense femtosecond mid-infrared (mid-IR) light source carrying orbital angular momentum (OAM). Our setup is based on an optical parametric amplification system with an 800 nm pump shaped with a spiral phase plate. We confirm the anisotropic OAM transfer from the pump to the idler through stimulated difference frequency generation by measuring the diffraction patterns of a triangular aperture illuminated by the signal, pump, and idler beams. The tunability of the setup is demonstrated by performing measurements at 3.0 and 3.6 μm idler wavelengths. This result provides a robust method of controlling OAM in strong field physics and designing secondary sources carrying OAM in the extreme ultraviolet spectral range through high-order harmonics generation.

© 2017 Optical Society of America

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