Generation of optical vector beams with a diffractive optical element interferometer

Kimani C. Toussaint, Sungnam Park, Justin E. Jureller, Norbert F. Scherer

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We present a novel approach to generating radially and azimuthally polarized vector beams that utilize an interferometer constructed from two identical diffractive optical elements. The measured polarization properties of four vector beam states and their phase relationships are in good agreement with theoretical expectations. This interferometer is passively phase stable and robust, making it suitable for linear and non-linear optical (superresolution) microscopy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2846-2848
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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