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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 6 — May. 26, 2009

Control and measurement of spatially inhomogeneous polarization distributions in third-harmonic generation microscopy

Omid Masihzadeh, Philip Schlup, and Randy A. Bartels  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 7, pp. 1090-1092 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.001090


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Abstract

We demonstrate in situ characterization of a spatially varying polarization state of an optical field at the focus of a scanning third-harmonic generation (THG) optical microscope. Polarization projections are measured by forming THG images of a polystyrene microsphere scanned through the focused beam and combined in a noniterative phase-retrieval algorithm. Controlled spatially varying polarization states are introduced by imaging spatially inhomogeneous polarization distributions constructed with reflective spatial light modulator to the focal plane of a microscope objective.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(100.5070) Image processing : Phase retrieval
(180.5810) Microscopy : Scanning microscopy
(320.7110) Ultrafast optics : Ultrafast nonlinear optics
(180.4315) Microscopy : Nonlinear microscopy

ToC Category:
Microscopy

History
Original Manuscript: November 5, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 20, 2009
Published: March 30, 2009

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Omid Masihzadeh, Philip Schlup, and Randy A. Bartels, "Control and measurement of spatially inhomogeneous polarization distributions in third-harmonic generation microscopy," Opt. Lett. 34, 1090-1092 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/vjbo/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-7-1090


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