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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 19 — Oct. 1, 2011
  • pp: 3765–3767

Fermionic out-of-plane structure of polarization singularities

Mark R. Dennis  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 19, pp. 3765-3767 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.003765


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Abstract

A new classification of circular polarization C points in three-dimensional polarization ellipse fields is proposed. The classification type depends on the out-of-plane variation of the polarization ellipse axis, in particular, whether the ellipse axes are in the plane of circular polarization one or three times. A minimal set of parameters for this classification is derived and discussed in the context of the familiar in-plane C point classification into lemon, star, and monstar types. This new geometric classification is related to the Möbius index of polarization singularities recently introduced by Freund.

© 2011 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.2130) Physical optics : Ellipsometry and polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(050.4865) Diffraction and gratings : Optical vortices

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: August 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 28, 2011
Published: September 20, 2011

Citation
Mark R. Dennis, "Fermionic out-of-plane structure of polarization singularities," Opt. Lett. 36, 3765-3767 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-19-3765

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