Abstract

We propose the use of a geometric phase, obtained by spatial polarization state manipulations, for the formation of polychromatic vectorial vortices. Experimental demonstration is obtained by using Pancharatnam–Berry phase optical elements formed by a space-variant subwavelength grating etched on a GaAs wafer. We further demonstrate formation of scalar and unpolarized polychromatic vortices.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

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