Abstract

The tightly focused spots of cylindrical vectors (CVs) are dependent on polarization composition. We experimentally demonstrate the effect of polarization purity (PP) of the CV beam on the tightly focused spot quantitatively, which should be strictly controlled for the effective applications of the CV beam. The focal spots measured by a knife-edge scanning method showed that the azimuthally polarized (AP) component increases the transverse field and the size of the focal spots, while the radially polarized component results in a nonzero intensity distribution at the center of the focus even in a high PP AP beam.

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