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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 16 — Aug. 11, 2014
  • pp: 19302–19313

Elliptic-symmetry vector optical fields

Yue Pan, Yongnan Li, Si-Min Li, Zhi-Cheng Ren, Ling-Jun Kong, Chenghou Tu, and Hui-Tian Wang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 16, pp. 19302-19313 (2014)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.22.019302


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Abstract

We present in principle and demonstrate experimentally a new kind of vector fields: elliptic-symmetry vector optical fields. This is a significant development in vector fields, as this breaks the cylindrical symmetry and enriches the family of vector fields. Due to the presence of an additional degrees of freedom, which is the interval between the foci in the elliptic coordinate system, the elliptic-symmetry vector fields are more flexible than the cylindrical vector fields for controlling the spatial structure of polarization and for engineering the focusing fields. The elliptic-symmetry vector fields can find many specific applications from optical trapping to optical machining and so on.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics
(070.6120) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial light modulators

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: June 13, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 16, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 16, 2014
Published: August 4, 2014

Citation
Yue Pan, Yongnan Li, Si-Min Li, Zhi-Cheng Ren, Ling-Jun Kong, Chenghou Tu, and Hui-Tian Wang, "Elliptic-symmetry vector optical fields," Opt. Express 22, 19302-19313 (2014)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-22-16-19302


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