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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2007
  • pp: 1468–1470

Efficient extracavity generation of radially and azimuthally polarized beams

G. Machavariani, Y. Lumer, I. Moshe, A. Meir, and S. Jackel  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 11, pp. 1468-1470 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.001468


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Abstract

We demonstrate an efficient transformation of a linearly polarized Gaussian beam to a radially or an azimuthally polarized doughnut ( 0 , 1 ) * Laguerre–Gaussian beam of high purity. We use a spatially variable retardation plate, composed of eight sectors of a λ 2 retardation plate, to transform a linear polarization distribution to radial/azimuthal distribution. We transformed an Nd:YAG Gaussian beam with M 2 = 1.3 to a radially and azimuthally polarized ( 0 , 1 ) * Laguerre–Gaussian beams with M 2 = 2.5 and degree of radial/azimuthal polarization of 96–98%.

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OCIS Codes
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices

ToC Category:
Optical Devices

History
Original Manuscript: January 24, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 14, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2007
Published: May 3, 2007

Citation
G. Machavariani, Y. Lumer, I. Moshe, A. Meir, and S. Jackel, "Efficient extracavity generation of radially and azimuthally polarized beams," Opt. Lett. 32, 1468-1470 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-11-1468


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