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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 2005
  • pp: 984–991

Simple interferometric technique for generation of a radially polarized light beam

Nicolas Passilly, Renaud de Saint Denis, Kamel Aït-Ameur, François Treussart, Rolland Hierle, and Jean-François Roch  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 22, Issue 5, pp. 984-991 (2005)

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We present a theoretical and experimental investigation of an interferometric technique for converting a linearly polarized Gaussian beam into a radially polarized doughnut beam. The experimental setup accomplishes the coherent summation of two orthogonally polarized TEM 01 and TEM 10 beams that are obtained from the transformation of a TEM 00 beam by use of a simple binary diffractive optical element. We have shown that the degree of radial polarization is maximum at a given distance from the interferometer output port that depends on the diameter of the incident beam at the interferometer input port.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1380) Diffraction and gratings : Binary optics
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Original Manuscript: August 27, 2004
Revised Manuscript: November 19, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: December 2, 2004
Published: May 1, 2005

Nicolas Passilly, François Treussart, Rolland Hierle, Renaud de Saint Denis, Kamel Aït-Ameur, and Jean-François Roch, "Simple interferometric technique for generation of a radially polarized light beam," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 984-991 (2005)

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