From a theoretical point of view, the use of anisotropic pure-phase plates (APP) is considered in order to improve the quality parameter of certain partially coherent, partially polarized beams. It is shown that, to optimize the beam-quality parameter, the phases of the two Cartesian components of the field at the output of the APP plate should be identical and should exhibit a quadratic dependence on the radial polar coordinate.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 17, 2002
Revised Manuscript: October 24, 2002
Manuscript Accepted: October 30, 2002
Published: March 1, 2003
Rosario Martı́nez-Herrero, Pedro M. Mejı́as, and Gemma Piquero, "Anisotropic pure-phase plates for quality improvement of partially coherent, partially polarized beams," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 577-581 (2003)