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Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors


3D display based on Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM)

Encoding/decoding off-axis points with discrete orbital angular momentum (OAM) modes is investigated. On-axis Laguerre-Gaussian (LG) beams are expanded into off-axis OAM spectra, with which off-axis points are encoded. The influence of the mode and the displacement of the LG beam on the spread of the OAM spectrum is analysed. The results show that not only the conventional on-axis point, but also off-axis points, can be encoded and decoded with OAM of light. This is confirmed experimentally. The analytical result here provides a solid foundation to use OAM modes to encode two-dimensional high density information for multiplexing and to analyse the effect of mis-alignment in practical OAM applications.


Introduction of CPDS

Centre for Photonic Devices and Sensors (CPDS) is in the Photonics area of the Electrical Engineering Division, with a research focus embracing photonic and sensing devices, functional materials and their integration at system level.

We aim to address future societal needs with new system functionalities through invention of novel device architectures based on in-depth understanding of basic material properties.

There is a wide range of activities within the group, including phase-only holography and its applications, high brightness multi-stable colour reflective displays, tuneable dielectric materials and devices for radio frequencies, liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) device development, and novel sensors.

As well as conducting highly focused studies, we also specialise in the development of demonstrators for business exploitation and commercialisation. This is facilitated by multi-disciplinary expertise within the group and by our highly experienced team approach. Some of the outcomes from the group have been successfully transferred to our industrial collaborators for production.