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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 16 — Aug. 15, 2010
  • pp: 2825–2827

Polarization structuring of focused field through polarization-only modulation of incident beam

Hao Chen, Zhu Zheng, Bai-Fu Zhang, Jianping Ding, and Hui-Tian Wang  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 16, pp. 2825-2827 (2010)

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We proposed a method of polarization shaping in the focal region with the polarization modulation of incident light. By using an iterative optimization based on a vectorial diffraction calculation with the help of the fast Fourier transform, we can tailor the polarization structure in the focal plane. This provides a novel way to control the vectorial feature of the focal volume with the help of polarization tailoring, which is different from the method using wavefront shaping. The capability of polarization-only modulation on the incident light is demonstrated by optical experiments.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1960) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction theory
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: June 7, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: July 16, 2010
Published: August 13, 2010

Hao Chen, Zhu Zheng, Bai-Fu Zhang, Jianping Ding, and Hui-Tian Wang, "Polarization structuring of focused field through polarization-only modulation of incident beam," Opt. Lett. 35, 2825-2827 (2010)

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