Improvement of the beam-quality parameter of partially polarized beams is investigated. We focus on the use of a Mach–Zehnder-type interferometric arrangement with crossed polarizers. The analysis has been carried out within the framework of the intensity moment formalism. Conditions are given under which the beam-quality parameter is optimized.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 26, 2000
Revised Manuscript: May 21, 2001
Published: November 20, 2001
Jesús M. Movilla, Rosario Martínez-Herrero, and Pedro M. Mejías, "Quality improvement of partially polarized beams," Appl. Opt. 40, 6098-6101 (2001)