• Chinese Optics Letters
  • Vol. 19, Issue 11, (2021)
Li Zhixiang, Ruan Ya-Ping, Xia Ke-Yu, Lu Yanqing, Chen Peng, Tang Jie, Hu Wei
Author Affiliations
  • Nanjing University
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    Abstract

    Vector vortex beams (VVBs) have attracted significant attention in both classical and quantum optics. Liquid crystal (LC), beyond its applications in the information display, has emerged as a versatile tool for manipulating VVBs. In this review, we focus on the functions and applications of typical LC devices in recent studies on controlling the space-variant polarized vortex light. Manipulation of VVBs through patterned nematic LC optical elements, patterned cholesteric LC optical elements, self-assembled defects, and LC spatial light modulators are discussed separately. Moreover, LC-based novel optical applications in the field of quantum information are reviewed.
    Manuscript Accepted: Sep. 6, 2021
    Posted: Sep. 8, 2021