Linearly polarized light passing through a several micron thick magnetooptic film in the inhomogeneous magnetization state is split into a linearly polarized central beam and linearly polarized first and higher order diverging rings. The polarization of the central output beam lies in the same direction as the linearly polarized input, while the polarization of the diverging rings lies in a direction orthogonal to the input plane of polarization. The effect is described, and applications of the effect are discussed.
© 1989 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 13, 1988
Published: October 15, 1989
Mark Waring, "Polarized beam splitting effect in inhomogeneously magnetized magnetooptic films," Appl. Opt. 28, 4446-4449 (1989)