We experimentally demonstrate vector beams having an elliptical symmetry of polarization, breaking the cylindrical symmetry of vector beams (e.g., radially polarized beams). Applications of such beams vary from material processing, lithography, and optical memories to excitation of elliptically shaped nanoparticles and plasmonic structures.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 12, 2009
Revised Manuscript: April 19, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 22, 2009
Published: May 27, 2009
Vol. 4, Iss. 8 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics
Gilad M. Lerman, Yigal Lilach, and Uriel Levy, "Demonstration of spatially inhomogeneous vector beams with elliptical symmetry," Opt. Lett. 34, 1669-1671 (2009)