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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 7 — Apr. 8, 2013
  • pp: 8331–8341

Manifestation of the Gouy phase in strongly focused, radially polarized beams

Xiaoyan Pang and Taco D. Visser  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 8331-8341 (2013)

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The Gouy phase, sometimes called the focal phase anomaly, is the curious effect that in the vicinity of its focus a diffracted field, compared to a non-diffracted, converging spherical wave of the same frequency, undergoes a rapid phase change by an amount of π. We theoretically investigate the phase behavior and the polarization ellipse of a strongly focused, radially polarized beam. We find that the significant variation of the state of polarization in the focal region, is a manifestation of the different Gouy phases that the two electric field components undergo.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: February 5, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 19, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 21, 2013
Published: March 28, 2013

Xiaoyan Pang and Taco D. Visser, "Manifestation of the Gouy phase in strongly focused, radially polarized beams," Opt. Express 21, 8331-8341 (2013)

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