OSA's Digital Library

Optics Express

Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 6 — Mar. 19, 2007
  • pp: 3550–3556

Experimental measurement of longitudinal component in the vicinity of focused radially polarized beam

Bing Hao and James Leger  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 6, pp. 3550-3556 (2007)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (257 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



Experiments were carried out to study the focusing properties of radially polarized light. By direct recording of the focal pattern in photoresist, the intensity distribution in the vicinity of the beam focus was measured, and the non-propagating longitudinal component (z-component) was clearly demonstrated. Comparison with corresponding theory shows good agreement.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(210.4770) Optical data storage : Optical recording
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: December 7, 2006
Revised Manuscript: February 28, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 12, 2007
Published: March 19, 2007

Bing Hao and James Leger, "Experimental measurement of longitudinal component in the vicinity of focused radially polarized beam," Opt. Express 15, 3550-3556 (2007)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. S. Quabis, R. Dorn, M. Eberler, O. Glöckl and G. Leuchs, "Focusing light into a tighter spot," Opt. Commun. 179, 1-7 (2000) [CrossRef]
  2. S. Quabis, R. Dorn, M. Eberler, O. Glöckl and G. Leuchs, "The focus of light- theoretical calculation and experimental tomographic reconstruction," Appl. Phys. B 72, 109-113 (2001). [CrossRef]
  3. K. S. Youngworth and T. G. Brown, "Focusing of high numerical aperture cylindrical vector beams," Opt. Express 7, 77-87 (2000). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  4. Q. Zhan and J. R. Leger, "Focus shaping using cylindrical vector beams," Opt. Express 10, 324-331 (2002). [PubMed]
  5. L. Novotny, M. R. Beversluis, K. S. Youngworth, and T. G. Brown, "Longitudinal field modes probed by single molecules," Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 5251-5253, (2001). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  6. .B. Jia, X. Gan, and M. Gu, "Direct measurement of a radially polarized focused evanescent field facilitated by a single LCD," Opt. Express 13, 6821-6827 (2005). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. D. P. Biss and T. G. Brown, "Cylindrical vector beam focusing through a dielectric interface," Opt. Express 9, 490-497 (2001), [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  8. T. Wilson, F. Massoumian, and R. Juškaitis, "Generation of focusing of radially polarized electric fields," Opt. Eng. 42, 3088-3089 (2003) [CrossRef]
  9. G. Kihara Rurimo et al., "Using a quantum well heterostructure to study the longitudinal and transverse electric field components of a strongly focused laser beam," J. Appl. Phys. 100, 023112 (2006) [CrossRef]
  10. For example, Newport Oriel Instruments, part no. 25328
  11. V.G. Niziev and A.V. Nesterov, "Influence of beam polarization on laser cutting efficiency," J. Phys. D. 32, 1455-1461 (1999). [CrossRef]
  12. Q. Zhan and J.R. Leger, "Interferometric measurement of the geometric phase in space-variant polarization manipulations", Opt. Commun. 213, 241-245 (2002). [CrossRef]
  13. B. Richards and E. Wolf, "Electromagnetic diffraction in optical systems II. Structure of the image field in an aplanatic system," Proc. R. Soc. London Ser. A 253, 358-379 (1959). [CrossRef]
  14. L. E. Helseth, "Roles of polarization, phase and amplitude in solid immersion lens system," Opt. Commun. 191, 161-172 (2001). [CrossRef]
  15. P. Török, P. Varga, Z. Laczik and G.R. Booker, "Electromagnetic diffraction of light focused through a planar interface between materials of mismatched refractive indices: an integral representation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 12, 325-332 (1995) [CrossRef]

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited