Manipulation of the Pancharatnam phase in vectorial vortices

Avi Niv, Gabriel Biener, Vladimir Kleiner, Erez Hasman

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Linearly polarized vectorial vortices are analyzed according to their Pancharatnam phase and experimentally demonstrated using a geometric phase element consisting of space-variant subwavelength gratings. It is shown that in the absence of a Pancharatnam phase, stable vectorial vortices that have no angular momentum arise. In contrast, if a Pancharatnam phase is present the vectorial vortices have orbital angular momentum and collapse upon propagation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4208-4220
Number of pages13
JournalOptics Express
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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