Light propagation in biaxial crystals

Alex Turpin, Yury V. Loiko, Todor K. Kalkandjiev, Jordi Mompart

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Abstract

© 2015 IOP Publishing Ltd. We present a formalism able to predict the transformation of light beams passing through biaxial crystals. We use this formalism to show both theoretically and experimentally the transition from double refraction to conical refraction, which is found when light propagates along one of the optic axes of a biaxial crystal. Additionally, we demonstrate that the theory is applicable both to non-cylindrically symmetric and non-homogeneously polarized beams by predicting the transformation of input beams passing through a cascade of biaxial crystals.
Original languageEnglish
Article number065603
JournalJournal of Optics (United Kingdom)
Volume17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

Keywords

  • biaxial crystals
  • birefringence
  • conical refraction

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