On the dual-cone nature of the conical refraction phenomenon

A. Turpin, Yu Loiko, T. K. Kalkandjiev, H. Tomizawa, J. Mompart

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© 2015 Optical Society of America. In conical refraction (CR), a focused Gaussian input beam passing through a biaxial crystal and parallel to one of the optic axes is transformed into a pair of concentric bright rings split by a dark (Poggendorff) ring at the focal plane. Here, we show the generation of a CR transverse pattern that does not present the Poggendorff fine splitting at the focal plane, i.e., it forms a single light ring. This light ring is generated from a nonhomogeneously polarized input light beam obtained by using a spatially inhomogeneous polarizer that mimics the characteristic CR polarization distribution. This polarizer allows modulating the relative intensity between the two CR light cones in accordance with the recently proposed dual-cone model of the CR phenomenon. We show that the absence of interfering rings at the focal plane is caused by the selection of one of the two CR cones.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1639-1642
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

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