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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2006
  • pp: 2151–2153

Generation of a radially polarized laser beam by use of the birefringence of a c-cut Nd : Y V O 4 crystal

Kazuhiro Yonezawa, Yuichi Kozawa, and Shunichi Sato  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 14, pp. 2151-2153 (2006)

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We demonstrated the generation of a radially polarized laser beam from an extremely simple laser resonator including a c-cut Nd : Y V O 4 crystal as a laser medium. The oscillation in the radial polarization was based on the optical path difference between an extraordinary ray and an ordinary ray induced by the birefringence of the crystal. By simply adjusting the distance between two cavity mirrors, only the extraordinary ray became stable for the oscillation, resulting in the generation of a radially polarized beam. The beam was very stable even at low power output and is expected to be a promising radially polarized laser source because of its excellent simplicity.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3410) Lasers and laser optics : Laser resonators
(140.3580) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers, solid-state
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: April 13, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 2, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 4, 2006

Kazuhiro Yonezawa, Yuichi Kozawa, and Shunichi Sato, "Generation of a radially polarized laser beam by use of the birefringence of a c-cut Nd:YVO4 crystal," Opt. Lett. 31, 2151-2153 (2006)

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