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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

| OPTICS, IMAGE SCIENCE, AND VISION

  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2008
  • pp: 469–472

Focusing of radially and azimuthally polarized beams through a uniaxial crystal

Kazuhiro Yonezawa, Yuichi Kozawa, and Shunichi Sato  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 2, pp. 469-472 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.25.000469


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Abstract

We calculated and measured the difference between focal positions of radially and azimuthally polarized beams after passing through a uniaxial crystal. Calculations were carried out on the basis of the ray optics and the vector diffraction theory. The results of the calculations were in good agreement with those of the experiment. In addition, we discussed the polarization selection in a hemispherical laser cavity that was used for the generation of a radially polarized beam by use of the birefringence of a c-cut Nd : Y V O 4 laser crystal [ Opt. Lett. 31, 2151 (2006) ]. The stability range of the laser cavity length for the generation of a radially polarized beam was also in good agreement with the differences mentioned above.

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OCIS Codes
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 23, 2007
Revised Manuscript: November 29, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 16, 2007
Published: January 29, 2008

Citation
Kazuhiro Yonezawa, Yuichi Kozawa, and Shunichi Sato, "Focusing of radially and azimuthally polarized beams through a uniaxial crystal," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 469-472 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-25-2-469

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