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Optical Engineering

Transporting and focusing radially polarized laser beams
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Paper Abstract

A radially polarized laser beam is useful for applications such as laser particle acceleration. The issues of transporting and focusing (with an axicon) a radially polarized beam that was generated in the laboratory are examined. Problems of preserving the polarization while directing the beam are solved by using a compound 90-deg-fold out-of-plane pair of mirrors. When focused by an axicon, the radially polarized beam produces a diffraction-free Bessel beam. The transverse intensity distribution agrees with theory.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1992
PDF: 5 pages
Opt. Eng. 31(7) doi: 10.1117/12.57684
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 31, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
Steven Chase Tidwell, STI Optronics, Inc. (United States)
Dennis H. Ford, STI Optronics, Inc. (United States)
Wayne D. Kimura, STI Optronics, Inc. (United States)

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