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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 10, Iss. 7 — Apr. 8, 2002
  • pp: 324–331

Focus shaping using cylindrical vector beams

Qiwen Zhan and James R. Leger  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 10, Issue 7, pp. 324-331 (2002)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.10.000324


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Abstract

We report a focus shaping technique using generalized cylindrical vector beams. A generalized cylindrical vector beam can be decomposed into radially polarized and azimuthally polarized components. Such a generalized cylindrical beam can be generated from a radially polarized or an azimuthally polarized light using a two-half-wave-plate polarization rotator. The intensity pattern at the focus can be tailored by appropriately adjusting the rotation angle. Peak-centered, donut and flattop focal shapes can be obtained using this technique.

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OCIS Codes
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(170.4520) Medical optics and biotechnology : Optical confinement and manipulation
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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History
Original Manuscript: February 20, 2002
Revised Manuscript: March 27, 2002
Published: April 8, 2002

Citation
Qiwen Zhan and James Leger, "Focus shaping using cylindrical vector beams," Opt. Express 10, 324-331 (2002)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-10-7-324


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