Abstract

Based on the vector angular spectrum representation and the method of stationary phase, the analytical vectorial structure of the cylindrically polarized Laguerre–Gaussian beam diffracted at a circular aperture is derived in the far field, which provides an approach to further comprehend the vectorial properties of the apertured cylindrically polarized beams. The radially polarized, azimuthally polarized, and unapertured cases can be viewed as the special cases of our general result. The analyses show that the far-field energy flux distributions of the entire beam, the TE term, and the TM term depend on the beam order, the ratio of the waist width to the wavelength, the truncation parameter, and the angle between the electric field vector and the radial direction.

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