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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 20 — Sep. 26, 2011
  • pp: 18989–18996

Twisting light with micro-spheres produced by ultrashort light pulses

Martynas Beresna, Mindaugas Gecevičius, Nadezhda M. Bulgakova, and Peter G. Kazansky  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 20, pp. 18989-18996 (2011)

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We propose a radial polarizer based on light refraction on a transparent isotropic sphere. We demonstrate theoretically and experimentally that the circularly polarized light impinging on the sphere produces double charged optical vortex. The method is applied to generate optical vortices on a small scale using hollow micro-spheres produced by femtosecond laser in fused silica.

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OCIS Codes
(240.0240) Optics at surfaces : Optics at surfaces
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 29, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 12, 2011
Published: September 15, 2011

Martynas Beresna, Mindaugas Gecevičius, Nadezhda M. Bulgakova, and Peter G. Kazansky, "Twisting light with micro-spheres produced by ultrashort light pulses," Opt. Express 19, 18989-18996 (2011)

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