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See detailDESIGN AND MODELIZATION OF ACONVEX GRATING FOR AN HYPERSPECTRAL IMAGER OF THE CHANDRAYAAN 2 INSTRUMENT FOR THE MOON PROBE IN THE INFRARED
Sabushimike, Bernard ULg; Horugavye, Georges ULg; Piron, Pierre ULg et al

in International Journal of Latest Research in Science and Technology (2016), 5(2), 69-74

For hyperspectral imaging, diffraction gratings based spectrometers exhibit high spectral resolution and optical performance. Among those spectrometers, the Offner type (which consists of an entrance slit ... [more ▼]

For hyperspectral imaging, diffraction gratings based spectrometers exhibit high spectral resolution and optical performance. Among those spectrometers, the Offner type (which consists of an entrance slit, two concave mirrors and convex grating) offers a lot of advantages. In this paper, we propose the design and modelization of a convex grating which covers a spectral band ranging from 0.7 μm to 5 μm with a minimum diffraction efficiency of 20% at 800 nm, 50% at 3000 nm and 25% at 5000 nm. For a so wide band, a grating with a single blaze cannot satisfy these requirements. We will therefore propose an approach of multi-blaze grating which is subdivided into different sections each with its own blaze angle. Meanwhile, we perform the diffraction efficiency prediction using the scalar and rigorous theories to prove the compliance of this design with the technical specifications. The rigorous theory will also allow us to study the polarization sensitivity of this grating and the calculation of the diffraction efficiency of a grating with a profile degraded by manufacturing errors to assess the impact on the diffraction efficiency and the sensitivity to polarization [less ▲]

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See detailNew and updated convex shape models of asteroids based on optical data from a large collaboration network
Hanuš, J.; Ďurech, J.; Oszkiewicz, D. A. et al

in Astronomy & Astrophysics (2016), 586

Asteroid modeling efforts in the last decade resulted in a comprehensive dataset of almost 400 convex shape models and their rotation states. This amount already provided a deep insight into physical ... [more ▼]

Asteroid modeling efforts in the last decade resulted in a comprehensive dataset of almost 400 convex shape models and their rotation states. This amount already provided a deep insight into physical properties of main-belt asteroids or large collisional families. We aim to increase the number of asteroid shape models and rotation states. Such results are an important input for various further studies such as analysis of asteroid physical properties in different populations, including smaller collisional families, thermophysical modeling, and scaling shape models by disk-resolved images, or stellar occultation data. This provides, in combination with known masses, bulk density estimates, but constrains also theoretical collisional and evolutional models of the Solar System. We use all available disk-integrated optical data (i.e., classical dense-in-time photometry obtained from public databases and through a large collaboration network as well as sparse-in-time individual measurements from a few sky surveys) as an input for the convex inversion method, and derive 3D shape models of asteroids, together with their rotation periods and orientations of rotation axes. The key ingredient is the support of more that one hundred observers who submit their optical data to publicly available databases. We present updated shape models for 36 asteroids, for which mass estimates are currently available in the literature or their masses will be most likely determined from their gravitational influence on smaller bodies, which orbital deflection will be observed by the ESA Gaia astrometric mission. This was achieved by using additional optical data from recent apparitions for the shape optimization. Moreover, we also present new shape model determinations for 250 asteroids, including 13 Hungarias and 3 near-Earth asteroids. [less ▲]

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See detailA Mach-Zehnder interferometer based on orbital angular momentum for improved vortex coronagraph efficiency
Piron, Pierre ULg; Delacroix, Christian; Huby, Elsa ULg et al

in Shaklan, Stuart (Ed.) Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VII (2015, September 11)

The Annular Groove Phase Mask (AGPM) is a vectorial vortex phase mask. It acts as a half-wave plate with a radial fast axis orientation operating in the mid infrared domain. When placed at the focus of a ... [more ▼]

The Annular Groove Phase Mask (AGPM) is a vectorial vortex phase mask. It acts as a half-wave plate with a radial fast axis orientation operating in the mid infrared domain. When placed at the focus of a telescope element provides a continuous helical phase ramp for an on axis sources, which creates the orbital angular momentum. Thanks to that phase, the intensity of the central source is canceled by a down-stream pupil stop, while the off axis sources are not affected. However due to experimental conditions the nulling is hardly perfect. To improve the null, a Mach-Zehnder interferometer containing Dove prisms differently oriented can be proposed to sort out light based on its orbital angular momentum (OAM). Thanks to the differential rotation of the beam, a π phase shift is achieved for the on axis light affected by a non zero OAM. Therefore the contrast between the star and its faint companion is enhanced. Nevertheless, due the Dove prisms birefringence, the performance of the interferometer is relatively poor. To solve this problem, we propose to add a birefringent wave-plate in each arm to compensate this birefringence. In this paper, we will develop the mathematical model of the wave front using the Jones formalism. The performance of the interferometer is at first computed for the simple version without the birefringent plate. Then the effect of the birefringent plate is be mathematically described and the performance is re-computed. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimized focal and pupil plane masks for vortex coronagraphs on telescopes with obstructed apertures
Ruane, Garreth; Absil, Olivier ULg; Huby, Elsa ULg et al

in Shaklan, Stuart (Ed.) Techniques and Instrumentation for Detection of Exoplanets VII (2015, September 11)

We present methods for optimizing pupil and focal plane optical elements that improve the performance of vortex coronagraphs on telescopes with obstructed or segmented apertures. Phase-only and complex ... [more ▼]

We present methods for optimizing pupil and focal plane optical elements that improve the performance of vortex coronagraphs on telescopes with obstructed or segmented apertures. Phase-only and complex masks are designed for the entrance pupil, focal plane, and the plane of the Lyot stop. Optimal masks are obtained using both analytical and numerical methods. The latter makes use of an iterative error reduction algorithm to calculate "correcting" optics that mitigate unwanted diffraction from aperture obstructions. We analyze the achieved performance in terms of starlight suppression, contrast, off-axis image quality, and chromatic dependence. Manufacturing considerations and sensitivity to aberrations are also discussed. This work provides a path to joint optimization of multiple coronagraph planes to maximize sensitivity to exoplanets and other faint companions. [less ▲]

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See detailPolarization holography for vortex retarders recording: laboratory demonstration
Piron, Pierre ULg; Blain, Pascal ULg; Décultot, Marc ULg et al

in Applied Optics (2015), 54(15), 4765--4770

This paper will present a prototype of the first set of vortex retarders made of liquid crystal polymers recorded by polarization holography. Vortex retarders are birefringent plates characterized by a ... [more ▼]

This paper will present a prototype of the first set of vortex retarders made of liquid crystal polymers recorded by polarization holography. Vortex retarders are birefringent plates characterized by a rotation of their fast axis. Liquid crystals possess birefringent properties and they are locally orientable. Their orientation is defined by the perpendicular to the local orientation of the recording field. Polarization holography is a purely optical recording method. It is based on the superimposition of coherent and differently polarized beams. It is used to shape the electric field pattern to enable the recording of vortex retarders. The paper details the mathematical model of the superimposition process. The recording setup is exposed; it is characterized by a nearly common path interferometer. Two sets of measurements allowing the prediction of the retarder’s features are presented and compared. Finally, the experimentally recorded retarder is shown, its characteristics are investigated and compared to the predicted ones. [less ▲]

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See detailThe VORTEX project: first results and perspectives
Absil, Olivier ULg; Mawet, Dimitri; Delacroix, Christian ULg et al

in Marchetti, Enrico; Close, Laird; Véran, Jean-Pierre (Eds.) Adaptive Optics Systems IV (2014, July 21)

Vortex coronagraphs are among the most promising solutions to perform high contrast imaging at small angular separations from bright stars. They feature a very small inner working angle (down to the ... [more ▼]

Vortex coronagraphs are among the most promising solutions to perform high contrast imaging at small angular separations from bright stars. They feature a very small inner working angle (down to the diffraction limit of the telescope), a clear 360 degree discovery space, have demonstrated very high contrast capabilities, are easy to implement on high-contrast imaging instruments, and have already been extensively tested on the sky. Since 2005, we have been designing, developing and testing an implementation of the charge-2 vector vortex phase mask based on concentric sub-wavelength gratings, referred to as the Annular Groove Phase Mask (AGPM). Science-grade mid-infrared AGPMs were produced in 2012 for the first time, using plasma etching on synthetic diamond substrates. They have been validated on a coronagraphic test bench, showing broadband peak rejection up to 500:1 in the L band, which translates into a raw contrast of about 6e-5 at 2λ/D. Three of them have now been installed on world-leading diffraction-limited infrared cameras, namely VLT/NACO, VLT/VISIR and LBT/LMIRCam. During the science verification observations with our L-band AGPM on NACO, we observed the beta Pictoris system and obtained unprecedented sensitivity limits to planetary companions down to the diffraction limit (0.1"). More recently, we obtained new images of the HR 8799 system at L band during the AGPM first light on LMIRCam. After reviewing these first results obtained with mid-infrared AGPMs, we will discuss the short- and mid-term goals of the on-going VORTEX project, which aims to improve the performance of our vortex phase masks for future applications on second-generation high-contrast imager and on future extremely large telescopes (ELTs). In particular, we will briefly describe our current efforts to improve the manufacturing of mid-infrared AGPMs, to push their operation to shorter wavelengths, and to provide deeper starlight extinction by creating new designs for higher topological charge vortices. Within the VORTEX project, we also plan to develop new image processing techniques tailored to coronagraphic images, and to study some pre- and post-coronagraphic concepts adapted to the vortex coronagraph in order to reduce scattered starlight in the final images. [less ▲]

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See detailThe VORTEX coronagraphic test bench
Jolivet, Aïssa ULg; Piron, Pierre ULg; Huby, Elsa ULg et al

in Navarro, Ramon; Cunningham, Colin; Barto, Allison (Eds.) Advances in Optical and Mechanical Technologies for Telescopes and Instrumentation (2014, July 18)

In this paper, we present the infrared coronagraphic test bench of the University of Liège named VODCA (Vortex Optical Demonstrator for Coronagraphic Applications). The goal of the bench is to assess the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we present the infrared coronagraphic test bench of the University of Liège named VODCA (Vortex Optical Demonstrator for Coronagraphic Applications). The goal of the bench is to assess the performances of the Annular Groove Phase Masks (AGPMs) at near- to mid-infrared wavelengths. The AGPM is a subwavelength grating vortex coronagraph of charge two (SGVC2) made out of diamond. The bench is designed to be completely achromatic and will be composed of a super continuum laser source emitting in the near to mid-infrared, several parabolas, diaphragms and an infrared camera. This way, we will be able to test the different AGPMs in the M, L, K and H bands. Eventually, the bench will also allow the computation of the incident wavefront aberrations on the coronagraph. A reflective Lyot stop will send most of the stellar light to a second camera to perform low-order wavefront sensing. This second system coupled with a deformable mirror will allow the correction of the wavefront aberrations. We also aim to test other pre- and/or post-coronagraphic concepts such as optimal apodization. © (2014) COPYRIGHT Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (SPIE). Downloading of the abstract is permitted for personal use only. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a subwavelength grating vortex coronagraph of topological charge 4 (SGVC4)
Delacroix, Christian ULg; Absil, Olivier ULg; Carlomagno, Brunella ULg et al

in Ramsay, Suzanne; McLean, Ian; Takami, Hideki (Eds.) Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V (2014, July 08)

One possible solution to achieve high contrast direct imaging at a small inner working angle (IWA) is to use a vector vortex coronagraph (VVC), which provides a continuous helical phase ramp in the focal ... [more ▼]

One possible solution to achieve high contrast direct imaging at a small inner working angle (IWA) is to use a vector vortex coronagraph (VVC), which provides a continuous helical phase ramp in the focal plane of the telescope with a phase singularity in its center. Such an optical vortex is characterized by its topological charge, i.e., the number of times the phase accumulates 2pi radians along a closed path surrounding the singularity. Over the past few years, we have been developing a charge-2 VVC induced by rotationally symmetric subwavelength gratings (SGVC2), also known as the Annular Groove Phase Mask (AGPM). Since 2013, several SGVC2s (or AGPMs) were manufactured using synthetic diamond substrate, then validated on dedicated optical benches, and installed on 10-m class telescopes. Increasing the topological charge seems however mandatory for cancelling the light of bright stars which will be partially resolved by future Extremely Large Telescopes in the near-infrared. In this paper, we first detail our motivations for developing an SGVC4 (charge 4) dedicated to the near-infrared domain. The challenge lies in the design of the pattern which is unrealistic in the theoretically perfect case, due to state-of-the-art manufacturing limitations. Hence, we propose a new realistic design of SGVC4 with minimized discontinuities and optimized phase ramp, showing conclusive improvements over previous works in this field. A preliminary validation of our concept is given based on RCWA simulations, while full 3D finite-difference time-domain simulations (and eventually laboratory tests) will be required for a final validation. [less ▲]

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See detailMid-IR AGPMs for ELT applications
Carlomagno, Brunella ULg; Delacroix, Christian ULg; Absil, Olivier ULg et al

in Ramsay, Suzanne; McLean, Ian; Takami, Hideki (Eds.) Ground-based and Airborne Instrumentation for Astronomy V (2014, July 08)

The mid-infrared region is well suited for exoplanet detection thanks to the reduced contrast between the planet and its host star with respect to the visible and near-infrared wavelength regimes. This ... [more ▼]

The mid-infrared region is well suited for exoplanet detection thanks to the reduced contrast between the planet and its host star with respect to the visible and near-infrared wavelength regimes. This contrast may be further improved with Vector Vortex Coronagraphs (VVCs), which allow us to cancel the starlight. One flavour of the VVC is the AGPM (Annular Groove Phase Mask), which adds the interesting properties of subwavelength gratings (achromaticity, robustness) to the already known properties of the VVC. In this paper, we present the optimized designs, as well as the expected performances of mid-IR AGPMs etched onto synthetic diamond substrates, which are considered for the E-ELT/METIS instrument. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst prototypes of vortex retarders obtained by polarization holography
Piron, Pierre ULg; Blain, Pascal ULg; Décultot, Marc ULg et al

in Proceedings of SPIE (2014, May), 9099

This paper will present the first prototypes of vortex retarders made of photo-orientable liquid crystals polymers recorded without mechanical action using only polarization holography. Vortex retarders ... [more ▼]

This paper will present the first prototypes of vortex retarders made of photo-orientable liquid crystals polymers recorded without mechanical action using only polarization holography. Vortex retarders are birefringent plates characterized by a uniform phase retard and a rotation of their fast axis along their center. Liquid crystals are anisotropic molecules possessing birefringent properties. They are locally orientable and their orientation defines the fast axis orientation of the retarder. Their alignment depends on the local orientation of the recording electric field. The superimposition of several polarized beams will be used to shape the electric field to achieve the recording of vortex retarders. The mathematical aspects of the superimposition process, as well as several numerical simulations are exposed. Finally, the first prototypes are presented, characterized and compared to the numerical simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailSpace-variant optical phase retarders in liquid crystal polymers and their applications
Piron, Pierre ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

During the last decade, extensive investigations were performed to achieve optical phase retarders with a space-variant orientation of their fast axis. These retarders present unique behaviors and they ... [more ▼]

During the last decade, extensive investigations were performed to achieve optical phase retarders with a space-variant orientation of their fast axis. These retarders present unique behaviors and they can be used for several applications such as polarization analysis, beam splitting, phase mask coronagraphy, optical tweezers … The present thesis is dedicated to the development of space-variant retarders made out of liquid crystal polymers recorded by polarization holography. The liquid crystals define the fast axis orientation of the retarder. Polarization holography is based on the superimposition of differently polarized beams to achieve the electric field required to properly align the liquid crystals without mechanical action. In the present work, we start with an introduction about the space-variant retarders, their characteristics and current recording methods, which usually require mechanical action. In the second chapter, polarization holography and several simple examples are presented as well as the liquid crystal polymers, their generic recording process and the first prototypes. In chapter three, the first application that we developed is exposed. It consists in a polarization analysis method based on a retarder characterized by a variation in one dimension of its fast axis orientation. The principle of the method, numerical simulations and the first results are exposed. Chapter four cares about the second application based on a separator of polarization state. The mathematical model and its application to shearography are exposed. In chapter five, another kind of retarders is introduced. These retarders are characterized by a rotation of their fast axis along the center of the retarder. Their properties, the recording systems and the first prototypes are detailed and analyzed. In the last chapter, the application of our retarder to coronagraphy is presented and their performances are computed for different configurations based on experimental constrains. Finally, we conclude with the improvements of our applications and future uses of these retarders. [less ▲]

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See detailPolarization holography for vortex retarders recording
Piron, Pierre ULg; Blain, Pascal ULg; Mawet, Dimitri et al

in Applied Optics (2013), 52(28), 7040-7048

We present an original static recording method for vortex retarders (VRs) made from liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) using the superimposition of several polarized beams. VRs are birefringent plates ... [more ▼]

We present an original static recording method for vortex retarders (VRs) made from liquid crystal polymers (LCPs) using the superimposition of several polarized beams. VRs are birefringent plates characterized by a rotation of their fast axis about their center. The new method is based on polarization holography and photo-orientable LCP. Combining several polarized beams induces the polarization patterns required for the recording process of VRs without mechanical action. A mathematical description of the method, the outcomes of the numerical simulations, and the first experimental results are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailCombining shearography and interferometric fringe projection in a single device for complete control of industrial applications
Blain, Pascal ULg; Michel, Fabrice; Piron, Pierre ULg et al

in Optical Engineering : The Journal of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (2013), 52(8), 0841021-7

Non-contact optical measurement methods are essential tools in many industrial and research domains. A family of new non-contact optical measurement methods based on the polarization states splitting ... [more ▼]

Non-contact optical measurement methods are essential tools in many industrial and research domains. A family of new non-contact optical measurement methods based on the polarization states splitting technique and monochromatic light projection as a way to overcome ambient lighting for in-situ measurement has been developed. Recent works on a birefringent element, a Savart plate, allow to build a more flexible and robust interferometer. This interferometer is a multipurpose metrological device. On one hand the interferometer can be set in front of a CCD camera. This optical measurement system is called a shearography interferometer and allows to measure micro displacements between two states of the studied object under coherent lighting. On the other hand by producing and shifting multiple sinusoidal Young’s interference patterns with this interferometer, and using a CCD camera, it is possible to build a 3D structured light profilometer. [less ▲]

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See detailAn in-line shearography setup based on circular polarization gratings
Blain, Pascal ULg; Piron, Pierre ULg; Renotte, Yvon ULg et al

in Optics & Lasers in Engineering (2013)

The shearing amount defines the resolution of a speckle shearing interferometer and the shearing direction defines the sensitivity direction of the setup. The properties of circular (cycloid) holographic ... [more ▼]

The shearing amount defines the resolution of a speckle shearing interferometer and the shearing direction defines the sensitivity direction of the setup. The properties of circular (cycloid) holographic polarization gratings recorded in liquid crystal polymers can be used to build a new multi-shearing direction and amount shearography setup. The polarization states of the diffracted beams offer an easy way to produce phase shifts and thus to compute the phase contained in the shearograms. The theoretical bases of such a device are highlighted and an original compact and full in-line setup is proposed. First experimental results of delamination detection and flaw detection by shearography are presented. A discussion on the importance of the grating recording and the polarization orientation points out the best working requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailInnovative Surface Plasmon Resonance biosensing architectures
Desfours, Caroline; Piron, Pierre ULg; Habraken, Serge ULg et al

Conference (2012, December 11)

Surface Plasmons Resonance (SPR) architectures involving multi-wavelength interrogation are an attractive alternative for droplet biosensing. We present our results for in situ measurements of biological ... [more ▼]

Surface Plasmons Resonance (SPR) architectures involving multi-wavelength interrogation are an attractive alternative for droplet biosensing. We present our results for in situ measurements of biological molecules with a two-wavelength sensor and a SPR Coupler-Disperser spectroscopic sensor. [less ▲]

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See detailPolarization Holography with liquid crystals polymers and applications
Piron, Pierre ULg; Blain, Pascal ULg; Habraken, Serge ULg et al

Conference (2012, December 10)

Liquid Crystals Polymers are birefringent molecules locally orientable. By recording the polarization pattern due to the overlap of differently polarized beams on LCP, space-variant retarders are realized ... [more ▼]

Liquid Crystals Polymers are birefringent molecules locally orientable. By recording the polarization pattern due to the overlap of differently polarized beams on LCP, space-variant retarders are realized. We present two applications polarization holography and coronagraphy [less ▲]

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See detailInnovative Surface Plasmon Resonance biosensing architectures
desfours, Caroline; Hastanin, Juriy ULg; Drucbert, Anne-Sophie et al

in International Conference on Fibre Optics and Photonics (2012, December)

Surface Plasmons Resonance (SPR) architectures involving multi-wavelength interrogation are an attractive alternative for droplet biosensing. We present our results for in situ measurements of biological ... [more ▼]

Surface Plasmons Resonance (SPR) architectures involving multi-wavelength interrogation are an attractive alternative for droplet biosensing. We present our results for in situ measurements of biological molecules with a two-wavelength sensor and a SPR Coupler- Disperser spectroscopic sensor. [less ▲]

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See detailPolarization Holography with liquid crystals polymers and applications
Piron, Pierre ULg; Blain, Pascal ULg; Habraken, Serge ULg et al

in International Conference on Fibre Optics and Photonics (2012, December)

Liquid Crystals Polymers are birefringent molecules locally orientable. By recording the polarization pattern due to the overlap of differently polarized beams on LCP, space-variant retarders are realized ... [more ▼]

Liquid Crystals Polymers are birefringent molecules locally orientable. By recording the polarization pattern due to the overlap of differently polarized beams on LCP, space-variant retarders are realized. We present two applications polarization holography and coronagraphy. [less ▲]

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See detailDéphaseurs en polymères à cristaux liquides pour la coronographie
Piron, Pierre ULg

Scientific conference (2012, May 22)

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See detailPhase retarders in liquid crystals polymers
Piron, Pierre ULg

Scientific conference (2012, March 12)

Liquid crystals polymers posses birefringent properties and they are locally orientable, they allow the realization of space variant optical retarders which creates non uniformly polarized beam. To ... [more ▼]

Liquid crystals polymers posses birefringent properties and they are locally orientable, they allow the realization of space variant optical retarders which creates non uniformly polarized beam. To realize a retarder, liquid crystals are exposed to a UV linearly polarized beam, the optical axis of the retarder will be parallel to the incident polarization. We shall present an innovative way to produce space-variant retarders without mechanical interaction polarization holography . Superposing several beams differently polarized, results in a non-uniformly polarized recording beam used to realize space variant retarders. We shall also present our research retarders for two applications based on this method polarization analysis and coronagraphy. [less ▲]

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