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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 9 — Apr. 23, 2012
  • pp: 9357–9362

Full Poincaré beams II: partial polarization

Amber M. Beckley, Thomas G. Brown, and Miguel A. Alonso  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 9, pp. 9357-9362 (2012)

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Optical fields whose coherence and/or polarization properties appear to change under propagation have intrigued researchers for many years. We describe and experimentally demonstrate a class of optical fields whose polarization content at any transverse plane spans a disk-like region within the Poincaré sphere. When examined through a paraxial focal region, the disk rotates under propagation, spanning all possible states of polarization. We map the change in Stokes parameters through focus for each case, comparing experiment with the theoretical predictions.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: January 3, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 6, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 8, 2012
Published: April 9, 2012

Amber M. Beckley, Thomas G. Brown, and Miguel A. Alonso, "Full Poincaré beams II: partial polarization," Opt. Express 20, 9357-9362 (2012)

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