Abstract

The paper presents an overview of the benefits of recording phase masks into the bulk of photo-thermo-refractive glass. We demonstrate that both binary and gray-scale phase masks can be encoded into the medium, and that such masks can be used for mode conversion and beam shaping with near-theoretical efficiency. We further demonstrate that by encoding the phase mask profile into a transmitting volume Bragg grating, it is possible to create tunable and achromatic phase masks without requiring a complex phase pattern.

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