Abstract

A novel method of performing two-dimensional space-variant polarization operations is presented. The method is based on determining the local direction and period of subwavelength metal-stripe gratings by use of vectorial optics to obtain any desired continuous polarization change. We demonstrate our approach with specific computer-generated space-variant polarization elements for laser radiation at 10.6 μm. The polarization properties are verified with complete space-variant polarization analysis and measurement.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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