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  • Vol. 33, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2008
  • pp: 950–952

Fast switchable electro-optic radial polarization retarder

B. C. Lim, P. B. Phua, W. J. Lai, and M. H. Hong  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 9, pp. 950-952 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.33.000950


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Abstract

A fast and switchable electro-optic radial polarization retarder (EO-RPR) fabricated using the electro-optic ceramic Pb ( Mg 1 3 Nb 2 3 ) O 3 PbTiO 3 is presented. This EO-RPR is useful for fast and switchable generation of a pure cylindrical vector beam. When used together with a pair of half-wave plates, the EO-RPR can change circularly polarized light into any cylindrical vector beam of interest, such as radially or azimuthally polarized light. Radially and azimuthally polarized light with purities greater than 95% are generated experimentally. The advantages of using EO-RPR include fast response time, low driving voltage, and transparency in a wide spectral range (500 to 7000 nm ).

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OCIS Codes
(160.2100) Materials : Electro-optical materials
(230.2090) Optical devices : Electro-optical devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 23, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: February 22, 2008
Published: April 25, 2008

Citation
B. C. Lim, P. B. Phua, W. J. Lai, and M. H. Hong, "Fast switchable electro-optic radial polarization retarder," Opt. Lett. 33, 950-952 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-33-9-950


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