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A higher order Poincare sphere representation
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Paper Abstract

A recently proposed higher order Poincare sphere constructed from the total optical angular momentum eigenstates of circular polarized optical vortices and the higher order states of polarization of vector vortex beams is presented. This novel representation can be applied to facilitate the description of various vector polarization beams such as radial and azimuthally polarized cylindrical vector beams, as well as the spin orbit conversion of q-plates. An experimental method with which to measure higher order Stokes parameters in terms of a spin and orbital decomposition of a light beam is also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 February 2012
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 8274, Complex Light and Optical Forces VI, 827407 (13 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.912619
Show Author Affiliations
Giovanni Milione, The City College of New York (United States)
Robert R. Alfano, The City College of New York (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8274:
Complex Light and Optical Forces VI
Enrique J. Galvez; David L. Andrews; Jesper Glückstad; Marat S. Soskin, Editor(s)

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