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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 9, Iss. 10 — Nov. 5, 2001
  • pp: 490–497

Cylindrical vector beam focusing through a dielectric interface

D. P. Biss and T. G. Brown  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 9, Issue 10, pp. 490-497 (2001)

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Cylindrical vector beams have been proposed and demonstrated for applications ranging from microscopy to high energy physics. In this paper, we analyze the three-dimensional field distributions of radial and azimuthal beams focused near a dielectric interface. We give particular attention to the classic problem of high numerical aperture focusing from an immersion lens to a glass-air interface and find that the use of radially and azimuthally polarized illumination for this type of imaging provides an impressive lateral confinement of the fields over a wide range of interface positions.

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OCIS Codes
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(260.5210) Physical optics : Photoionization

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Original Manuscript: August 2, 2001
Published: November 5, 2001

David Biss and Thomas Brown, "Cylindrical vector beam focusing through a dielectric interface," Opt. Express 9, 490-497 (2001)

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