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Mimicking optical activity for generating radially polarized light.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17356658     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
We propose a new scheme for generating radially polarized light by mimicking optical activity using linear birefringence. It involves a birefringent spirally varying retarder sandwiched between two orthogonally oriented quarter-wave plates. Using Poincaré sphere representation, we show that the polarization transformation of such a scheme is equivalent to that of a spirally varying optical activity and is capable of generating radially polarized light. We demonstrate the proof-of-concept using y-cut crystalline quartz.
Authors:
P B Phua; W J Lai; Yuan Liang Lim; K S Tiaw; B C Lim; H H Teo; M H Hong
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Optics letters     Volume:  32     ISSN:  0146-9592     ISO Abbreviation:  Opt Lett     Publication Date:  2007 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-14     Completed Date:  2007-04-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7708433     Medline TA:  Opt Lett     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  376-8     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
DSO National Laboratories, Singapore. ppohboon@alum.mit.edu
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