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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 24 — Dec. 15, 2012
  • pp: 5226–5228

Left- and right-circularly polarized light in cascade conical diffraction

Stephen D. Grant and Amin Abdolvand  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 24, pp. 5226-5228 (2012)

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A cascade conical diffraction system consisting of three optically biaxial KGd(WO4)2 crystals is considered. The effect of left- and right-handed circularly polarized incident light on the ring patterns produced away from the focal image plane of the system, the plane in which the incident beam waist would be focused if the crystals were isotropic, is investigated. Images and intensity distributions for scaled distances (ζ values) of 2.75, 3.00, and 3.25 from the focal image plane are presented. A discrepancy between the patterns produced depending on the handedness of the incident beam is observed in agreement with the recent theoretical predictions.

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OCIS Codes
(260.1180) Physical optics : Crystal optics
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: November 8, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: November 26, 2012
Published: December 13, 2012

Stephen D. Grant and Amin Abdolvand, "Left- and right-circularly polarized light in cascade conical diffraction," Opt. Lett. 37, 5226-5228 (2012)

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