Experimental generation of a radially polarized beam with controllable spatial coherence

Fei Wang, Yangjian Cai, Yiming Dong, Olga Korotkova

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Abstract

We have experimentally generated a radially polarized (RP) beam with controllable state of spatial coherence by using a rotating ground-glass plate and a radial polarization converter. Furthermore, experimental and theoretical analysis of the focusing properties of a partially coherent RP beam is carried out. Our results show that we can shape the beam profile of the focused RP beam by varying its initial spatial coherence, which is useful for material thermal processing and particle trapping. The experimental results are in complete agreement with the theoretical predictions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number051108
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Volume100
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 30 2012

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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