Generation of an optical vortex with a segmented deformable mirror.

Department of Physics and Optical Science, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA.
Applied Optics (Impact Factor: 1.69). 12/2008; 47(33):6300-6. DOI: 10.1364/AO.47.006300
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