Abstract

We proposed and experimentally demonstrated a novel method for generating a chiral beam with controllable intensity twist lobes and direction by using annular subzone (AS) vortex phase plates, which is composed of different ASs and different vortex phases. The phase distribution continuity between two adjacent ASs determines the intensity distribution of the light field. The rotated direction of the optical filed is determined by the topological charge sign. The number of intensity twist lobes is determined by the topological charge gradient between adjacent subzones. The experimental results show that this method is effective and practical, which offers broad potential applications in particle manipulation, chiral microstructure fabrication, and optical tweezers.

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