The propagation of a circularly symmetric laser beam along the optical axis of a c-cut uniaxial crystal is described through the angular plane wave analysis. We show that radial and azimuthal polarization states appear as polarization eigenstates in a c-cut uniaxial crystal. As a consequence, no cross-talk occurs between these eigenstates during beam propagation.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Lasers and Laser Optics
Original Manuscript: May 10, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 20, 2007
Published: September 18, 2007
Peter Muys, Tobias Moser, and T. Feurer, "Polarization eigenstates of an axially symmetric laser beam in a c-cut uniaxial crystal," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 24, 2627-2631 (2007)