Information on the degree of coherence of electromagnetic optical waves that is contained both in intensity modulation and in spatial polarization modulation of the resulting distribution of superposing waves is considered. Such an experimental situation is often realized in near-field optics. The possibility of experimental estimation of the degree of mutual coherence of waves polarized at the incidence plane is shown.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: December 19, 2008
Revised Manuscript: March 2, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 17, 2009
Published: May 11, 2009
Oleg V. Angelsky, Claudia Yu. Zenkova, Mikhail P. Gorsky, and Nina V. Gorodyns'ka, "Feasibility of estimating the degree of coherence of waves at the near field," Appl. Opt. 48, 2784-2788 (2009)