1 July 1992 Transporting and focusing radially polarized laser beams
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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.
Steven Chase Tidwell, Steven Chase Tidwell, Dennis H. Ford, Dennis H. Ford, Wayne D. Kimura, Wayne D. Kimura, } "Transporting and focusing radially polarized laser beams," Optical Engineering 31(7), (1 July 1992). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.57684 . Submission:

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