Abstract

Effect of primary spherical aberration on the tight focusing of linearly and circularly polarized Laguerre–Gaussian (LG) beams is studied by using the vectorial Debye integral. Results are presented for the intensity distribution and square of the polarization components. In the case of the linearly polarized LG beam with unit and double topological charge, the presence of aberration reduces the residual intensity at the focal point and spreads the sidelobes. If the beam is circularly polarized, the aberration results in an increase in the size of the dark core along with a reduction in the intensity at the periphery of the bright ring. The effect of aberration is also discussed in the context of the fluorescent spot size in the focal plane of a stimulated-emission-depletion microscope.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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