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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 6 — Mar. 25, 2013
  • pp: 7505–7510

Polarization holograms allow highly efficient generation of complex light beams

U. Ruiz, P. Pagliusi, C. Provenzano, K. Volke-Sepúlveda, and Gabriella Cipparrone  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 7505-7510 (2013)

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We report a viable method to generate complex beams, such as the non-diffracting Bessel and Weber beams, which relies on the encoding of amplitude information, in addition to phase and polarization, using polarization holography. The holograms are recorded in polarization sensitive films by the interference of a reference plane wave with a tailored complex beam, having orthogonal circular polarizations. The high efficiency, the intrinsic achromaticity and the simplicity of use of the polarization holograms make them competitive with respect to existing methods and attractive for several applications. Theoretical analysis, based on the Jones formalism, and experimental results are shown.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(090.2890) Holography : Holographic optical elements
(090.2900) Holography : Optical storage materials
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(070.3185) Fourier optics and signal processing : Invariant optical fields
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

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Original Manuscript: November 12, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 10, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 11, 2012
Published: March 19, 2013

U. Ruiz, P. Pagliusi, C. Provenzano, K. Volke-Sepúlveda, and Gabriella Cipparrone, "Polarization holograms allow highly efficient generation of complex light beams," Opt. Express 21, 7505-7510 (2013)

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