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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 1999
  • pp: 3089–3092

Polarized pseudonondiffracting beams generated by polarization-selective diffractive phase elements

Bi-Zhen Dong, Rong Liu, and Jian Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 38, Issue 14, pp. 3089-3092 (1999)

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The concept and the generation of polarized pseudonondiffracting beams (PNDB’s) from polarization-selective diffractive phase elements (DPE’s) are presented for what we believe is the first time in a monochromatic illuminating system. The polarized PNDB’s behave as segmented almost constant axial-intensity distributions with individual different polarization states in different segments. The pure polarization state in each segment can be arbitrarily preset. The design of polarization-selective DPE’s is achieved with the use of the conjugate-gradient method. The simulation results show that the DPE’s we designed can successfully implement the desired polarization modulation. Furthermore the PNDB’s characteristics of axial-intensity uniformity and beamlike shape are well achieved with the DPE’s we designed.

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OCIS Codes
(050.0050) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction and gratings
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(070.6020) Fourier optics and signal processing : Continuous optical signal processing

Original Manuscript: December 14, 1998
Published: May 10, 1999

Bi-Zhen Dong, Rong Liu, and Jian Wang, "Polarized pseudonondiffracting beams generated by polarization-selective diffractive phase elements," Appl. Opt. 38, 3089-3092 (1999)

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