Spatially inhomogeneous polarization in laser beam shaping

Hao Bing, James Leger

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A new method of beam shaping by spatially inhomogeneous polarization is proposed and studied. Unlike the conventional techniques, the polarization state in the pupil plane of a far-field beam shaping system is modulated in a spatially variant pattern. It is shown that with carefully designed polarization manipulation, the smallest flat-top intensity focal pattern can be obtained. Theoretical analysis demonstrates the uniqueness of this new idea in terms of the size of the flat-top spot; experiments are described that successfully demonstrate the feasibility of this method to practical applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPolarization Science and Remote Sensing III
StatePublished - 2007
EventPolarization Science and Remote Sensing III - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 29 2007Aug 30 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherPolarization Science and Remote Sensing III
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Laser beam shaping
  • Optical confinement and manipulation
  • Optical design
  • Polarization


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