Optical Review

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 449–461

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

  • Toshitaka Wakayama
  • Takeshi Higashiguchi
  • Yukitoshi Otani
Special Section: Invited Review Paper Optics Awards 2016 for excellent papers

DOI: 10.1007/s10043-017-0315-1

Cite this article as:
Wakayama, T., Higashiguchi, T. & Otani, Y. Opt Rev (2017) 24: 449. doi:10.1007/s10043-017-0315-1
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  1. Optics Awards 2016 for excellent papers


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 

Funding information

Funder NameGrant NumberFunding Note
Japan Science and Technology Agency (JP)
  • AS242Z01381K
The Optical Society of Japan
  • Best Optics Paper Award
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (JP)
    Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
    • 26420205

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    © The Optical Society of Japan 2017

    Authors and Affiliations

    • Toshitaka Wakayama
      • 1
    • 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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