We have experimentally and theoretically shown that the circularly polarized beam bearing a singly charged optical vortex propagating through a uniaxial crystal can be split after focusing into the radially and azimuthally polarized beams in the vicinity of the focal area provided that the polarization handedness and the vortex topological charge have opposite signs.
© 2010 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 30, 2010
Revised Manuscript: October 11, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: October 12, 2010
Published: November 8, 2010
T. Fadeyeva, V. Shvedov, N. Shostka, C. Alexeyev, and A. Volyar, "Natural shaping of the cylindrically polarized beams," Opt. Lett. 35, 3787-3789 (2010)