An experimental measurement of the topological charge of orbital angular momentum beams through weak measurement.
As a special experimental technique, weak measurement extracts very little information about the measured system and will not cause the measured state collapse. When coupling the orbital angular momentum (OAM) state with a well-defined pre-selected and post-selected system of a weak measurement process, there is an indirect coupling between position and topological charge (TC) of OAM state. Based on these ideas, we propose an experimental scheme that experimentally measure the TC of OAM beams from -14 to 14 through weak measurement.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1801.07341