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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 10 — May. 7, 2012
  • pp: 10788–10795

Versatile generation of optical vector fields and vector beams using a non-interferometric approach

Santosh Tripathi and Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr.  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 10, pp. 10788-10795 (2012)

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We present a versatile, non-interferometric method for generating vector fields and vector beams which can produce all the states of polarization represented on a higher-order Poincaré sphere. The versatility and non-interferometric nature of this method is expected to enable exploration of various exotic properties of vector fields and vector beams. To illustrate this, we study the propagation properties of some vector fields and find that, in general, propagation alters both their intensity and polarization distribution, and more interestingly, converts some vector fields into vector beams. In the article, we also suggest a modified Jones vector formalism to represent vector fields and vector beams.

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OCIS Codes
(120.0120) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

Original Manuscript: January 18, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 25, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 10, 2012
Published: April 25, 2012

Santosh Tripathi and Kimani C. Toussaint, "Versatile generation of optical vector fields and vector beams using a non-interferometric approach," Opt. Express 20, 10788-10795 (2012)

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