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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 11 — Nov. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2527–2531

On the wavefront spacing of focused, radially polarized beams

Taco D. Visser and John T. Foley  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 22, Issue 11, pp. 2527-2531 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.22.002527


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Abstract

We analyze the phase behavior of strongly focused, radially polarized electromagnetic fields. It is shown that, under certain circumstances, the spacing between successive wavefronts can be either greater or smaller than that of a plane wave of the same frequency. Also, this spacing can be significantly larger than that which is predicted for a linearly polarized field that is focused by the same system.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 12, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2005
Published: November 1, 2005

Citation
Taco D. Visser and John T. Foley, "On the wavefront spacing of focused, radially polarized beams," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 2527-2531 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-22-11-2527

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