Abstract

We describe the use of stress birefringence in the creation of vortex illumination. A trifold symmetric stress pattern will provide an annular region that exhibits polarization vortices when illuminated with linearly polarized light and scalar vortices when illuminated with circularly polarized light. A finite element plane-stress model is used to analyze the space-variant anisotropy.

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