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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 13 — Jun. 25, 2007
  • pp: 8411–8421

Stress-induced focal splitting

Alexis K. Spilman and Thomas G. Brown  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 13, pp. 8411-8421 (2007)

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Under circularly polarized illumination, a trigonal birefringence pattern produces concentric rings of alternating right and left circular polarization. When a window with trigonal stress is placed in the pupil of an imaging system, the birefringence induces an axial splitting of the focus. We analyze and experimentally test this phenomenon and discuss applications to optical imaging.

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

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: April 9, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 10, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: May 10, 2007
Published: June 20, 2007

Alexis K. Spilman and Thomas G. Brown, "Stress-induced focal splitting," Opt. Express 15, 8411-8421 (2007)

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