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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2006
  • pp: 3405–3407

Production of radially and azimuthally polarized polychromatic beams

A. Shoham, R. Vander, and S. G. Lipson  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 23, pp. 3405-3407 (2006)

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We describe a system that efficiently provides radially or azimuthally polarized radiation from a randomly polarized source. It is constructed from two conical reflectors and a cylindrical sheet of polarizing film. Envisaged applications include a microscope illuminator for high-resolution surface plasmon resonance microscopy, illumination for high-resolution microlithography, and efficient coupling of a laser source to hollow optical fibers. The angular coherence function of light polarized by the device was measured to evaluate its usefulness for these applications.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(110.0180) Imaging systems : Microscopy
(110.5220) Imaging systems : Photolithography
(240.6680) Optics at surfaces : Surface plasmons
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 27, 2006
Revised Manuscript: September 8, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: September 8, 2006
Published: November 9, 2006

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A. Shoham, R. Vander, and S. G. Lipson, "Production of radially and azimuthally polarized polychromatic beams," Opt. Lett. 31, 3405-3407 (2006)

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