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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — May. 10, 2010
  • pp: 10813–10821

Polarization characterization in the focal volume of high numerical aperture objectives

Hong Kang, Baohua Jia, and Min Gu  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 10813-10821 (2010)

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In this paper the polarization states of linearly and radially polarized plane wave and doughnut beams in the focal volume of high numerical aperture objectives are studied. Through manipulating the incident polarization states of laser beams as well as the apodization of an objective and adjusting the numerical aperture of an objective, focal fields dominantly with either one transverse component or one longitudinal component can be generated. Furthermore, tailored polarization distributions with three polarization components of the same strength are also found.

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OCIS Codes
(000.0000) General : General
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy

Original Manuscript: February 9, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 9, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 12, 2010
Published: May 10, 2010

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Hong Kang, Baohua Jia, and Min Gu, "Polarization characterization in the focal volume of high numerical aperture objectives," Opt. Express 18, 10813-10821 (2010)

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