Abstract

In this Letter, we propose a facile approach for achieving a robust focal spot bearing both super-resolution and arbitrary spin orientation. Toward this aim, we meticulously devise a structured incident light consisting of three sorts of beams, which can be produced definitely by the superposition of a radially polarized beam and an azimuthally polarized beam. Based on the vectorial diffraction integral and spin density theory, such newly configurable beams are tightly focused and isotropically interfered in a 4π microscopic configuration to create three polarized field components perpendicular to each other beyond the diffraction limit, thus enabling us to yield a super-resolved focal spot possessing spatial spin axis. By further willfully adjusting the amplitude factors of the reconstituent fields, the photonic spin direction can be freely tunable. The demonstrated results in this Letter may hold great potential for the spin photonics.

© 2018 Optical Society of America

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» Visualization 1       The focal spot with both three-dimensional super-resolution and controllable spin axis.

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