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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1937–1940

Effect of polarization purity of cylindrical vector beam on tightly focused spot

Xiangsheng Xie, Huayang Sun, Liangxin Yang, Sicong Wang, and Jianying Zhou  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 10, pp. 1937-1940 (2013)

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The tightly focused spots of cylindrical vectors (CVs) are dependent on polarization composition. We experimentally demonstrate the effect of polarization purity (PP) of the CV beam on the tightly focused spot quantitatively, which should be strictly controlled for the effective applications of the CV beam. The focal spots measured by a knife-edge scanning method showed that the azimuthally polarized (AP) component increases the transverse field and the size of the focal spots, while the radially polarized component results in a nonzero intensity distribution at the center of the focus even in a high PP AP beam.

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OCIS Codes
(110.1220) Imaging systems : Apertures
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 27, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 20, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 21, 2013
Published: September 6, 2013

Xiangsheng Xie, Huayang Sun, Liangxin Yang, Sicong Wang, and Jianying Zhou, "Effect of polarization purity of cylindrical vector beam on tightly focused spot," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 1937-1940 (2013)

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