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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2006
  • pp: 2154–2160

Polarization-dependent Talbot effect

Yunqing Lu, Changhe Zhou, Shunquan Wang, and Bo Wang  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 23, Issue 9, pp. 2154-2160 (2006)

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The term “polarization-dependent Talbot effect” means that the Talbot self-imaging intensity of a high-density grating is different for TE and TM polarization modes. Numerical simulations with the finite-difference time-domain method show that the polarization dependence of the Talbot images is obvious for gratings with period d between 2 λ and 3 λ . Such a polarization-dependent difference for TE and TM polarization of a high-density grating of 630 lines mm (corresponding to d λ = 2.5 ) is verified through experiments with the scanning near-field optical microscopy technique, in which a He Ne laser is used as its polarization is changed from the TE mode to the TM mode. The polarization-dependent Talbot effect should help us to understand more clearly the diffraction behavior of a high-density grating in nano-optics and contribute to wide application of the Talbot effect.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(070.6760) Fourier optics and signal processing : Talbot and self-imaging effects
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics

ToC Category:
Fourier Optics and Optical Signal Processing

Original Manuscript: January 19, 2006
Revised Manuscript: March 26, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 31, 2006

Yunqing Lu, Changhe Zhou, Shunquan Wang, and Bo Wang, "Polarization-dependent Talbot effect," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 2154-2160 (2006)

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