Generation and propagation of a partially coherent vector beam with special correlation functions

Yahong Chen, Fei Wang, Lin Liu, Chengliang Zhao, Yangjian Cai, Olga Korotkova

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Abstract

We introduce a general optical system for synthesis of partially coherent vector beams with a variety of correlation functions. In particular we employ it for generation of the family of beams, termed the specially correlated radially polarized (SCRP) beams and examine their free-space propagation both theoretically and experimentally. Our results clearly show that a SCRP beam exhibits unique features on propagation in comparison with those of beams with conventional correlation functions. The technique for modulation of the correlation functions and, hence, the coherence state of a SCRP beam in the source plane leads to efficient control of its intensity distribution and its degree of polarization on propagation, which is of importance in particle trapping and material thermal processing applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number013801
JournalPhysical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Volume89
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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