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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 3 — Feb. 10, 2014
  • pp: 3306–3315

Generation of achromatic, uniform-phase, radially polarized beams

Toshitaka Wakayama, Oscar G. Rodríguez-Herrera, J. Scott Tyo, Yukitoshi Otani, Motoki Yonemura, and Toru Yoshizawa  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 3306-3315 (2014)

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Axially symmetric half-wave plates have been used to generate radially polarized beams that have constant phase in the plane transverse to propagation. However, since the retardance introduced by these waveplates depends on the wavelength, it is difficult to generate radially polarized beams achromatically. This paper describes a technique suitable for the generation of achromatic, radially polarized beams with uniform phase. The generation system contains, among other optical components, an achromatic, axially symmetric quarter-wave plate based on total internal reflection. For an incident beam with a constant phase distribution, the system generates a beam with an extra geometrical phase term. To generate a beam with the correct phase distribution, it is therefore necessary to have an incident optical vortex with an azimuthally varying phase distribution of the form exp( + iθ). We show theoretically that the phase component of radially polarized beam is canceled out by the phase component of the incident optical vortex, resulting in a radially polarized beam with uniform phase. Additionally, we present an experimental setup able to generate the achromatic, uniform-phase, radially polarized beam and experimental results that confirm that the generated beam has the correct phase distribution.

© 2014 Optical Society of America

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

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: December 9, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 17, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 17, 2014
Published: February 4, 2014

Toshitaka Wakayama, Oscar G. Rodríguez-Herrera, J. Scott Tyo, Yukitoshi Otani, Motoki Yonemura, and Toru Yoshizawa, "Generation of achromatic, uniform-phase, radially polarized beams," Opt. Express 22, 3306-3315 (2014)

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