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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 23 — Nov. 13, 2006
  • pp: 11402–11411

Stokes parameters in the unfolding of an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal

Florian Flossmann, Ulrich T. Schwarz, Max Maier, and Mark R. Dennis  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 23, pp. 11402-11411 (2006)

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Following our earlier work (F. Flossmann et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 95 253901 (2005)), we describe the fine polarization structure of a beam containing optical vortices propagating through a birefringent crystal, both experimentally and theoretically.We emphasize here the zero surfaces of the Stokes parameters in three-dimensional space, two transverse dimensions and the third corresponding to optical path length in the crystal. We find that the complicated network of polarization singularities reported earlier – lines of circular polarization (C lines) and surfaces of linear polarization (L surfaces) – can be understood naturally in terms of the zeros of the Stokes parameters.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 29, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 31, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 31, 2006
Published: November 13, 2006

Florian Flossmann, Ulrich T. Schwarz, Max Maier, and Mark R. Dennis, "Stokes parameters in the unfolding of an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal," Opt. Express 14, 11402-11411 (2006)

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