Abstract

We develop a simplified version of a recently presented model to simulate the oblique propagation of polarized light through a thick birefringent element known as a stress-engineered optic (SEO). We use this model to analyze the formation and evolution of three polarization singularities, stars, lemons, and monstars, and experimentally verify the theoretical predictions. We also show how an SEO can be used to generate statistically rare monstar singularities.

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» Visualization 1       This video shows the movement of SEO polarization singularities on the C-point plane, as a function of the SEO’s tilt angle with respect to propagation direction of an input circularly polarized uniform beam.

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