Polarization singularities in 2D and 3D speckle fields

F Flossmann, K O'Holleran, MR Dennis, MJ Padgett

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Abstract

The 3D structure of randomly polarized light fields is exemplified by its polarization singularities: lines along which the polarization is purely circular (C lines) and surfaces on which the polarization is linear (L surfaces). We visualize these polarization singularities experimentally in vector laser speckle fields, and in numerical simulations of random wave superpositions. Our results confirm previous analytical predictions [M. R. Dennis, Opt. Commun. 213, 201 (2002)] regarding the statistical distribution of types of C points and relate their 2D properties to their 3D structure.
Translated title of the contributionPolarization singularities in 2D and 3D speckle fields
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203902-1 - 203902-4
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume100
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

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    Flossmann, F., O'Holleran, K., Dennis, MR., & Padgett, MJ. (2008). Polarization singularities in 2D and 3D speckle fields. Physical Review Letters, 100, 203902-1 - 203902-4. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.100.203902