Simple interferometric technique for generation of a radially polarized light beam

ArticleinJournal of the Optical Society of America A 22(5):984-91 · June 2005with5 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.56 · DOI: 10.1364/JOSAA.22.000984 · Source: PubMed


    We present a theoretical and experimental investigation of an interferometric technique for converting a linearly polarized Gaussian beam into a radially polarized doughnut beam. The experimental setup accomplishes the coherent summation of two orthogonally polarized TEM01 and TEM10 beams that are obtained from the transformation of a TEM00 beam by use of a simple binary diffractive optical element. We have shown that the degree of radial polarization is maximum at a given distance from the interferometer output port that depends on the diameter of the incident beam at the interferometer input port.