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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 12 — Jun. 15, 2012
  • pp: 2223–2225

Ordinary polarization singularities in three-dimensional optical fields

Isaac Freund  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 12, pp. 2223-2225 (2012)

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In generic three-dimensional optical fields the canonical point polarization singularities are points of circular polarization, C points on C lines, and points of linear polarization, L points on L lines. These special points are surrounded by a sea of ordinary points. In planes oriented normal to the principle axes of the polarization ellipse at the point, every ordinary point is also a singularity, here an ordinary polarization singularity, or O point. Interactions between O points, between O points and C points, and between O points and L points are described that highlight the fact that a consistent description of optical fields containing C and L lines must include O points.

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OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: February 22, 2012
Revised Manuscript: April 12, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: April 12, 2012
Published: June 4, 2012

Isaac Freund, "Ordinary polarization singularities in three-dimensional optical fields," Opt. Lett. 37, 2223-2225 (2012)

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