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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 12 — Jun. 9, 2008
  • pp: 9021–9033

Propagation of light fields with radial or azimuthal polarization distribution at a transverse plane

R. Martínez-Herrero and P. M. Mejías  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 12, pp. 9021-9033 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.16.009021


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Abstract

In terms of the angular spectrum representation, general expressions are given to describe the free-space propagation of electromagnetic fields with radial or azimuthal polarization structure at a transverse plane. The transverse distributions of the radial, azimuthal and longitudinal components of these fields are also analysed. In particular, the on-axis behavior upon free propagation is studied. Furthermore, the special but important case of those fields that retain their polarization character (radial or azimuthal) under propagation is also considered. The analytical results are illustrated by application to some examples.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 29, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 6, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: April 5, 2008
Published: June 4, 2008

Citation
R. Martínez-Herrero and P. M. Mejías, "Propagation of light fields with radial or azimuthal polarization distribution at a transverse plane," Opt. Express 16, 9021-9033 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-16-12-9021


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