Abstract

We report the appearance of a geometrical phase in space-variant polarization-state manipulations. This phase is related to the classic Pancharatnam–Berry phase. We show a method with which to calculate it and experimentally demonstrate its effect, using subwavelength metal stripe space-variant gratings. The experiment is based on a unique grating for converting circularly polarized light at a wavelength of 10.6 μm into an azimuthally polarized beam. Our experimental evidence relies on analysis of far-field images of the resultant polarization.

© 2001 Optical Society of America

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