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Stokes parameters in the unfolding of an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal

Stokes parameters in the unfolding of an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal
Stokes parameters in the unfolding of an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal
Following our earlier work (F. Flossmann et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 95 253901 (2005)), we describe the fine polarization structure of a beam containing optical vortices propagating through a birefringent crystal, both experimentally and theoretically.We emphasize here the zero surfaces of the Stokes parameters in three-dimensional space, two transverse dimensions and the third corresponding to optical path length in the crystal. We find that the complicated network of polarization singularities reported earlier – lines of circular polarization (C lines) and surfaces of linear polarization (L surfaces) – can be understood naturally in terms of the zeros of the Stokes parameters.
1094-4087
11402-11411
Flossmann, Florian
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Schwarz, Ulrich T.
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Flossmann, Florian, Schwarz, Ulrich T., Maier, Max and Dennis, Mark R. (2006) Stokes parameters in the unfolding of an optical vortex through a birefringent crystal. Optics Express, 14 (23), 11402-11411.

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Following our earlier work (F. Flossmann et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 95 253901 (2005)), we describe the fine polarization structure of a beam containing optical vortices propagating through a birefringent crystal, both experimentally and theoretically.We emphasize here the zero surfaces of the Stokes parameters in three-dimensional space, two transverse dimensions and the third corresponding to optical path length in the crystal. We find that the complicated network of polarization singularities reported earlier – lines of circular polarization (C lines) and surfaces of linear polarization (L surfaces) – can be understood naturally in terms of the zeros of the Stokes parameters.

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Published date: 2006

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Local EPrints ID: 42123
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/42123
ISSN: 1094-4087
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Date deposited: 17 Nov 2006
Last modified: 27 Apr 2022 08:46

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Author: Florian Flossmann
Author: Ulrich T. Schwarz
Author: Max Maier
Author: Mark R. Dennis

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