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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — May. 10, 2010
  • pp: 10796–10804

The Pancharatnam-Berry phase for non-cyclic polarization changes

T. van Dijk, H.F. Schouten, W. Ubachs, and T.D. Visser  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 10796-10804 (2010)

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We present a novel setup that allows the observation of the geometric phase that accompanies polarization changes in monochromatic light beams for which the initial and final states are different (so-called non-cyclic changes). This Pancharatnam-Berry phase can depend in a linear or in a nonlinear fashion on the orientation of the optical elements, and sometimes the dependence is singular. Experimental results that confirm these three types of behavior are presented. The observed singular behavior may be applied in the design of optical switches.

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OCIS Codes
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.1370) Other areas of optics : Berry's phase
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase

Original Manuscript: January 11, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 17, 2010
Published: May 10, 2010

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Taco D. Visser, Thomas van Dijk, Hugo F. Schouten, and Wim Ubachs, "The Pancharatnam-Berry phase for non-cyclic polarization changes," Opt. Express 18, 10796-10804 (2010)

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