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Near field of an oscillating electric dipole and cross-polarization of a collimated beam of light: Two sides of the same coin

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Aiello,  Andrea
Optical Quantum Information Theory, Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

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Ornigotti,  Marco
Optics Theory Group, Leuchs Division, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Max Planck Society;

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Aiello, A., & Ornigotti, M. (2014). Near field of an oscillating electric dipole and cross-polarization of a collimated beam of light: Two sides of the same coin. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICS, 82(9), 860-868. doi:10.1119/1.4876936.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002D-65AB-E
Abstract
We address the question of whether there exists a hidden relationship between the near-field distribution generated by an oscillating electric dipole and the so-called cross-polarization of a collimated beam of light. We find that the answer is affirmative by showing that the complex field distributions occurring in both cases have a common physical origin: the requirement that the electromagnetic fields must be transverse. (C) 2014 American Association of Physics Teachers.