Generation and tight focusing of hybridly polarized vector beams

Gilad M. Lerman, Liron Stern, Uriel Levy

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We propose and experimentally demonstrate the generation of hybridly polarized beams by transmitting radially polarized light through a wave plate. We show that such beams span a closed circle on the surface of the Poincaré sphere whose center coincides with the center of the sphere. In addition we numerically investigate the field and energy density distribution across the focal plane of a high NA lens illuminated by such a hybrid beam. The results show an interesting polarization distribution with 3D orientation and space variant ellipticity. This kind of polarization distributions may be used for a variety of applications, e.g. particle orientation analysis, microscopy and in atomic systems.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)27650-27657
Number of pages8
JournalOptics Express
Issue number26
StatePublished - 20 Dec 2010


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