Optical Review

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 449–461 | Cite as

Generation of the determined vectorial vortex beams by use of an achromatic axially symmetric waveplate

  • Toshitaka WakayamaEmail author
  • Takeshi Higashiguchi
  • Yukitoshi Otani
Special Section: Invited Review Paper Optics Awards 2016 for excellent papers
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We review the generation of the determined vectorial vortex beams in the terahertz (THz) beams at frequencies of 0.16 and 0.36 THz, and intense middle infrared pulsed beam at 10.6 µm by use of an achromatic axially symmetric waveplate. It is possible for the method to decide the polarization states of incident beam with arbitrary polarization, and to determine the angular variant polarization after converting into vectorial vortex beams, instantaneously. This approach could apply to not only obtain the polarization states of the beams in the broadband spectral regions from ultraviolet to THz but also generate the determined vectorial vortex beams.


Determination of polarization states Vectorial vortex beam Achromatic axially symmetric waveplate 



We are grateful to our collaborators of this work who are Prof. Motoki Yonemura in Saitama Medical University, Mr. Hiroki Oikawa, Mr. Atsushi Sasanuma, Mr. Goki Arai, Mr. Yusuke Fujii, and Dr. Thanh-Hung Dinh in Utsunomiya University, Dr. Kazuyuki Sakaue and Prof. Masakazu Washio in Waseda University, Prof. Toru Yoshizawa in NPO 3D Associates, Prof. Scott Tyo in the University of New South Wales, Dr. Taisuke Miura in HiLASE Centre, Prof. Akihiko Takahashi, Prof. Daisuke Nakamura, and Prof. Tatsuo Okada in Kyushu University. This work was supported in part by MEXT (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan), JST (Japan Science and Technology Agency), A-STEP (Adaptable and Seamless Technology Transfer Program) through target driven R&D, number AS242Z01381K, and JSPS KAKENHI through a Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research, number (C) 26420205.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Toshitaka Wakayama
    • 1
    Email author
  • Takeshi Higashiguchi
    • 2
    • 4
  • Yukitoshi Otani
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.School of Biomedical EngineeringSaitama Medical UniversityHidakaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringUtsunomiya UniversityUtsunomiyaJapan
  3. 3.Department of Optical Engineering, Graduate School of EngineeringUtsunomiya UniversityUtsunomiyaJapan
  4. 4.Center for Optical Research and Education (CORE)Utsunomiya UniversityUtsunomiyaJapan

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