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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: James C. Wyant
  • Vol. 46, Iss. 33 — Nov. 20, 2007
  • pp: 8211–8217

Polarization beam shaping

Bing Hao and James Leger  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 46, Issue 33, pp. 8211-8217 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.46.008211


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Abstract

Spatial engineering of polarization is proposed as a novel method of beam shaping. It is shown that a flat-top-shaped focus can be obtained in the far field by changing the polarization in the pupil plane in a spatially inhomogeneous manner. Experiments have been carried out to verify the validity of this method in one dimension. By comparison with traditional beam shaping methods, polarization beam shaping yields the smallest flat-top focus while maintaining high efficiency.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(220.2560) Optical design and fabrication : Propagating methods
(220.2740) Optical design and fabrication : Geometric optical design
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Optical Design and Fabrication

History
Original Manuscript: June 5, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 2, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 3, 2007
Published: November 19, 2007

Citation
Bing Hao and James Leger, "Polarization beam shaping," Appl. Opt. 46, 8211-8217 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-46-33-8211

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