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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — May. 10, 2010
  • pp: 10848–10863

Spatially engineered polarization states and optical vortices in uniaxial crystals

Tatyana A. Fadeyeva, Vladlen G. Shvedov, Yana V. Izdebskaya, Alexander V. Volyar, Etienne Brasselet, Dragomir N. Neshev, Anton S. Desyatnikov, Wieslaw Krolikowski, and Yuri S. Kivshar  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 10848-10863 (2010)

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We describe how the propagation of light through uniaxial crystals can be used as a versatile tool towards the spatial engineering of polarization and phase, thereby providing an all-optical technique for vectorial and scalar singular beam shaping in optics. Besides the prominent role played by the linear birefringence, the influence of circular birefringence (the optical activity) is discussed as well and both the monochromatic and polychromatic singular beam shaping strategies are addressed. Under cylindrically symmetric light-matter interaction, the radially, azimuthally, and spirally polarized eigen-modes for the light field are revealed to be of a fundamental interest to describe the physical mechanisms at work when dealing with scalar and vectorial optical singularities. In addition, we also report on nontrivial effects arising from cylindrical symmetry breaking, e.g. tilting the incident beam with respect to the crystal optical axis.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

Original Manuscript: March 3, 2010
Revised Manuscript: April 26, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: April 26, 2010
Published: May 10, 2010

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