Abstract

We propose and demonstrate a new interferometric approach in which a uniform phase difference between the arms of the interferometer manifests itself as spatially varying intensity distribution. The approach is based on interfering two orthogonal spatially varying vector fields, the radially and azimuthally polarized beams, and measuring the projection of the obtained field on an analyzer. This method provides additional spatial information that can be used to improve the smallest detectable phase change as compared with a conventional Michelson interferometer.

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2009 (1)

2008 (4)

2007 (3)

J. A. Ferrari, W. Dultz, H. Schmitzer, and E. Frins, “Achromatic wavefront forming with space-variant polarizers: Application to phase singularities and light focusing,” Phys. Rev. A 76(5), 053815 (2007).
[CrossRef]

I. Nishiyama, N. Yoshida, Y. Otani, and N. Umeda, “Single-shot birefringence measurement using radial polarizer fabricated by direct atomic force microscope stroking method,” Meas. Sci. Technol. 18(6), 1673–1677 (2007).
[CrossRef]

B. Hao and J. Leger, “Experimental measurement of longitudinal component in the vicinity of focused radially polarized beam,” Opt. Express 15(6), 3550–3556 (2007).
[CrossRef]

2006 (1)

2005 (1)

F. Flossmann, U. T. Schwarz, M. Maier, and M. R. Dennis, “Polarization singularities from unfolding an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95(25), 253901 (2005).
[CrossRef]

2004 (2)

2003 (1)

R. Dorn, S. Quabis, and G. Leuchs, “Sharper focus for a radially polarized light beam,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 91(23), 233901 (2003).
[CrossRef]

2002 (1)

Q. Zhan and J. R. Leger, “Interferometric measurement of the geometric phase in space-variant polarization manipulations,“ Opt. Commun. 213, (Iss. 4-6), 241–245 (2002).

2000 (1)

Bokor, N.

Brown, T. G.

Chang, M. W.

Davidson, N.

Dennis, M. R.

F. Flossmann, U. T. Schwarz, M. Maier, and M. R. Dennis, “Polarization singularities from unfolding an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95(25), 253901 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Dorn, R.

R. Dorn, S. Quabis, and G. Leuchs, “Sharper focus for a radially polarized light beam,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 91(23), 233901 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Dultz, W.

J. A. Ferrari, W. Dultz, H. Schmitzer, and E. Frins, “Achromatic wavefront forming with space-variant polarizers: Application to phase singularities and light focusing,” Phys. Rev. A 76(5), 053815 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Fainman, Y.

Ferrari, J. A.

J. L. Flores, J. A. Ferrari, and C. D. Perciante, “Faraday current sensor using space-variant analyzers,” Opt. Eng. 47(12), 123603 (2008).
[CrossRef]

J. A. Ferrari, W. Dultz, H. Schmitzer, and E. Frins, “Achromatic wavefront forming with space-variant polarizers: Application to phase singularities and light focusing,” Phys. Rev. A 76(5), 053815 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Flores, J. L.

J. L. Flores, J. A. Ferrari, and C. D. Perciante, “Faraday current sensor using space-variant analyzers,” Opt. Eng. 47(12), 123603 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Flossmann, F.

F. Flossmann, U. T. Schwarz, M. Maier, and M. R. Dennis, “Polarization singularities from unfolding an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95(25), 253901 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Frins, E.

J. A. Ferrari, W. Dultz, H. Schmitzer, and E. Frins, “Achromatic wavefront forming with space-variant polarizers: Application to phase singularities and light focusing,” Phys. Rev. A 76(5), 053815 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Hao, B.

Kozawa, Y.

Leger, J.

Leger, J. R.

Q. Zhan and J. R. Leger, “Interferometric measurement of the geometric phase in space-variant polarization manipulations,“ Opt. Commun. 213, (Iss. 4-6), 241–245 (2002).

Lerman, G. M.

Leuchs, G.

R. Dorn, S. Quabis, and G. Leuchs, “Sharper focus for a radially polarized light beam,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 91(23), 233901 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Levy, U.

Maier, M.

F. Flossmann, U. T. Schwarz, M. Maier, and M. R. Dennis, “Polarization singularities from unfolding an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95(25), 253901 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Nishiyama, I.

I. Nishiyama, N. Yoshida, Y. Otani, and N. Umeda, “Single-shot birefringence measurement using radial polarizer fabricated by direct atomic force microscope stroking method,” Meas. Sci. Technol. 18(6), 1673–1677 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Otani, Y.

I. Nishiyama, N. Yoshida, Y. Otani, and N. Umeda, “Single-shot birefringence measurement using radial polarizer fabricated by direct atomic force microscope stroking method,” Meas. Sci. Technol. 18(6), 1673–1677 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Pang, L.

Perciante, C. D.

J. L. Flores, J. A. Ferrari, and C. D. Perciante, “Faraday current sensor using space-variant analyzers,” Opt. Eng. 47(12), 123603 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Quabis, S.

R. Dorn, S. Quabis, and G. Leuchs, “Sharper focus for a radially polarized light beam,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 91(23), 233901 (2003).
[CrossRef]

Sato, S.

Schmitzer, H.

J. A. Ferrari, W. Dultz, H. Schmitzer, and E. Frins, “Achromatic wavefront forming with space-variant polarizers: Application to phase singularities and light focusing,” Phys. Rev. A 76(5), 053815 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Schwarz, U. T.

F. Flossmann, U. T. Schwarz, M. Maier, and M. R. Dennis, “Polarization singularities from unfolding an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95(25), 253901 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Tsai, C. H.

Umeda, N.

I. Nishiyama, N. Yoshida, Y. Otani, and N. Umeda, “Single-shot birefringence measurement using radial polarizer fabricated by direct atomic force microscope stroking method,” Meas. Sci. Technol. 18(6), 1673–1677 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Yoshida, N.

I. Nishiyama, N. Yoshida, Y. Otani, and N. Umeda, “Single-shot birefringence measurement using radial polarizer fabricated by direct atomic force microscope stroking method,” Meas. Sci. Technol. 18(6), 1673–1677 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Youngworth, K. S.

Zhan, Q.

Q. Zhan, “Cylindrical vector beams: from mathematical concepts to applications,” Adv. Opt. Photon. 1(1), 1–57 (2009).
[CrossRef]

Q. Zhan and J. R. Leger, “Interferometric measurement of the geometric phase in space-variant polarization manipulations,“ Opt. Commun. 213, (Iss. 4-6), 241–245 (2002).

Adv. Opt. Photon. (1)

Appl. Opt. (1)

Issues (1)

Q. Zhan and J. R. Leger, “Interferometric measurement of the geometric phase in space-variant polarization manipulations,“ Opt. Commun. 213, (Iss. 4-6), 241–245 (2002).

Meas. Sci. Technol. (1)

I. Nishiyama, N. Yoshida, Y. Otani, and N. Umeda, “Single-shot birefringence measurement using radial polarizer fabricated by direct atomic force microscope stroking method,” Meas. Sci. Technol. 18(6), 1673–1677 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Eng. (1)

J. L. Flores, J. A. Ferrari, and C. D. Perciante, “Faraday current sensor using space-variant analyzers,” Opt. Eng. 47(12), 123603 (2008).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Express (3)

Opt. Lett. (4)

Phys. Rev. A (1)

J. A. Ferrari, W. Dultz, H. Schmitzer, and E. Frins, “Achromatic wavefront forming with space-variant polarizers: Application to phase singularities and light focusing,” Phys. Rev. A 76(5), 053815 (2007).
[CrossRef]

Phys. Rev. Lett. (2)

R. Dorn, S. Quabis, and G. Leuchs, “Sharper focus for a radially polarized light beam,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 91(23), 233901 (2003).
[CrossRef]

F. Flossmann, U. T. Schwarz, M. Maier, and M. R. Dennis, “Polarization singularities from unfolding an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal,” Phys. Rev. Lett. 95(25), 253901 (2005).
[CrossRef]

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