Abstract

We propose a method to determine the topological charge (TC) of a perfect vortex. With the phase shift technique, the perfect vortex and its conjugate beam exactly overlap and interfere. Consequently, the TC of a perfect vortex is determined by counting the number of interference fringes. This proposed method enables in situ determination of the TC of the perfect vortex without the need for additional optical elements, and it is immune to environmental vibration and parasitic interference.

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