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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 21 — Nov. 1, 2005
  • pp: 2846–2848

Generation of optical vector beams with a diffractive optical element interferometer

Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr., Sungnam Park, Justin E. Jureller, and Norbert F. Scherer  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 21, pp. 2846-2848 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.002846


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Abstract

We present a novel approach to generating radially and azimuthally polarized vector beams that utilize an interferometer constructed from two identical diffractive optical elements. The measured polarization properties of four vector beam states and their phase relationships are in good agreement with theoretical expectations. This interferometer is passively phase stable and robust, making it suitable for linear and nonlinear optical (superresolution) microscopy.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(180.0180) Microscopy : Microscopy
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

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Kimani C. Toussaint, Jr., Sungnam Park, Justin E. Jureller, and Norbert F. Scherer, "Generation of optical vector beams with a diffractive optical element interferometer," Opt. Lett. 30, 2846-2848 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-21-2846


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