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Spectroscopy of fractional orbital angular momentum states
preprintposted on 2023-11-30, 06:26 authored by Bernd Berger, Marius Kahlert, Daniel Schmidt, Marc Aßmann
We present an approach for measuring the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of light tailored towards applications in spectroscopy and non-integer OAM values. It is based on the OAM sorting method (Berkhout et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 105, 153601 (2010)). We demonstrate that mixed OAM states and fractional OAM states can be identified using moments of the sorted output intensity distribution and OAM states with integer and non-integer topological charge can be clearly distinguished. Furthermore the difference between intrinsic OAM and total OAM for fractional OAM states is highlighted and the importance of the orientation of the fractional OAM beam is shown. All experimental results show good agreement with simulations. Finally we discuss possible applications of this method for spectroscopy of semiconductor systems such as exciton-polaritons in microcavities.