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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2006
  • pp: 867–869

Properties of circularly polarized vortex beams

Qiwen Zhan  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 7, pp. 867-869 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000867


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Abstract

The properties of circularly polarized vortex beams in cylindrical polarization bases are studied. A circularly polarized vortex beam is decomposed into radial and azimuthal polarization. With the proper combination of vortex charge and the handedness of the circular polarization, a focal field with an extremely strong longitudinal component as well as a flat-topped profile can be obtained. The cylindrical decomposition also sheds light on the connections between orbital angular momentum and the spin of the light beams.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

History
Original Manuscript: November 29, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 31, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: January 5, 2006

Citation
Qiwen Zhan, "Properties of circularly polarized vortex beams," Opt. Lett. 31, 867-869 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-7-867

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