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Natural shaping of the cylindrically polarized beams

Research paper by Vladlen Shvedov, Tatyana Fadeyeva, Nataliya Shostka, Constantine Alexeyev, Alexander Volyar

Indexed on: 29 Jul '10Published on: 29 Jul '10Published in: Physics - Optics



Abstract

We have experimentally and theoretically shown that the circularly polarized beam bearing singly charged optical vortex propagating through a uniaxial crystal can be split after focusing into the radially and azimuthally polarized beams in vicinity of the focal area provided that the polarization handedness and the vortex topological charge have opposite signs. Quality of the polarization structure can reach unity.