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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2009
  • pp: 2525–2527

Generation and propagation of radially polarized beams in optical fibers

Siddharth Ramachandran, Poul Kristensen, and Man F. Yan  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 16, pp. 2525-2527 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.002525


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Abstract

Beams with polarization singularities have attracted immense recent attention in a wide array of scientific and technological disciplines. We demonstrate a class of optical fibers in which these beams can be generated and propagated over long lengths with unprecedented stability, even in the presence of strong bend perturbations. This opens the door to exploiting nonlinear fiber optics to manipulate such beams. This fiber also possesses the intriguingly counterintuitive property of being polarization maintaining despite being strictly cylindrically symmetric, a prospect hitherto considered infeasible with optical fibers.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(230.2285) Optical devices : Fiber devices and optical amplifiers

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: May 5, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 9, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 6, 2009
Published: August 14, 2009

Citation
Siddharth Ramachandran, Poul Kristensen, and Man F. Yan, "Generation and propagation of radially polarized beams in optical fibers," Opt. Lett. 34, 2525-2527 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-16-2525


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