This summer, I had the privilege of working full-time in the Laser Teaching Center. I explored a number of topics from characterizing bacteria by their scattering patterns, to creating apodization using the Fresnel diffraction pattern from a circular aperture, to finally creating optical vortices using a spiral phase plate. My final project focused on creating improved optical vortex beams using a spiral phase plate. A collection of some of the work I completed can be found below.
Identifying bacteria by their light scattering patterns
Fun with Diffraction
Optical Diffraction and Biology
Creating Inverse Apodization Using Circular Apertures
Creating Optical Vortices
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