Abstract

We demonstrate an efficient transformation of a linearly polarized Gaussian beam to a radially or an azimuthally polarized doughnut (0,1)* Laguerre–Gaussian beam of high purity. We use a spatially variable retardation plate, composed of eight sectors of a λ2 retardation plate, to transform a linear polarization distribution to radial/azimuthal distribution. We transformed an Nd:YAG Gaussian beam with M2=1.3 to a radially and azimuthally polarized (0,1)* Laguerre–Gaussian beams with M2=2.5 and degree of radial/azimuthal polarization of 96–98%.

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T. Moser, M. Abdou Ahmed, F. Pigeon, O. Parriaux, E. Wyss, and Th. Graf, Laser Phys. Lett. 1, 234 (2004).
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R. Oron, S. Blit, N. Davidson, A. A. Friesem, and E. Hasman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3322 (2000).
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T. Moser, M. Abdou Ahmed, F. Pigeon, O. Parriaux, E. Wyss, and Th. Graf, Laser Phys. Lett. 1, 234 (2004).
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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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[CrossRef]

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A. V. Nesterov, V. G. Niziev, and V. P. Yakunin, J. Phys. D 32, 2871 (1999).
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Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. B: Photophys. Laser Chem. (1)

S. Quabis, R. Dorn, and G. Leuchs, Appl. Phys. B: Photophys. Laser Chem. 81, 597 (2005).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Phys. Lett. (2)

R. Oron, S. Blit, N. Davidson, A. A. Friesem, and E. Hasman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 77, 3322 (2000).
[CrossRef]

D. Pohl, Appl. Phys. Lett. 20, 266 (1972).
[CrossRef]

J. Opt. Soc. Am. A (2)

J. Phys. D (1)

A. V. Nesterov, V. G. Niziev, and V. P. Yakunin, J. Phys. D 32, 2871 (1999).
[CrossRef]

Laser Phys. Lett. (1)

T. Moser, M. Abdou Ahmed, F. Pigeon, O. Parriaux, E. Wyss, and Th. Graf, Laser Phys. Lett. 1, 234 (2004).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun. (2)

R. Dorn, S. Quabis, M. Eberler, O. Glockl, and G. Leuchs, Opt. Commun. 179, 1 (2000).
[CrossRef]

G. Machavariani, N. Davidson, E. Hasman, S. Blit, A. A. Ishaaya, and A. A. Friesem, Opt. Commun. 209, 265 (2002).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett. (3)

Proc. IEEE Lett. (1)

Y. Mushiake, K. Matsumura, and N. Nakajima, Proc. IEEE Lett. 60, 1107 (1972).
[CrossRef]

Proc. SPIE (1)

A. E. Siegman, Proc. SPIE 1224, 2 (1990).
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Other (1)

M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics, 6th ed. (Pergamon, 1981).

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Figures (4)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Arrangement for transformation of a linearly polarized Gaussian beam to a radially or azimuthally polarized nearly LG ( 0 , 1 ) * beam. The insets show the SVR scheme, together with an SVR photo. The SVR is composed of eight sectors of λ 2 retardation plate, each one with different orientation of the crystal’s “slow” axis (shown by arrows). The angles between these directions and the vertical direction are specified near each sector.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

(a) Polarization distribution just after the passing a linearly polarized beam through the SVR, calculated using Jones matrices formalism. (b) Corresponding FF polarization distribution. (c) FF intensity distribution. (d) FF intensity cross section (solid curve), together with the cross section of the ideal LG ( 0 , 1 ) * mode (dashed curve), normalized to the same total power.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

(a) Image of the input Gaussian beam in the SVR plane. (b) Intensity distribution recorded after propagation on several centimeters after the SVR plane. (c) FF intensity distribution without a spatial filter.

Fig. 4
Fig. 4

(a)–(e) Experimental FF intensity distribution (a), together with FF distributions obtained after passing the beam through a polarizer in vertical (b), 45° (c), horizontal (d), and 45 ° (e) orientations. (f) FF intensity distribution obtained with the spatial filter.

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