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Applied Optics

APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 10 — Apr. 1, 2012
  • pp: C38–C43

Possibilities of using inhomogeneity in light energy distribution for estimating the degree of coherence of superposing waves

Claudia Yu. Zenkova, Mykhailo P. Gorsky, Iryna V. Soltys, and Pavlo O. Angelsky  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 10, pp. C38-C43 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.51.000C38


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Abstract

The paper presents a new method for determining the degree of coherence of superposing plane linearly polarized waves converging at the angle of 90°. The spatial modulation of polarization, which causes the spatial modulation of the averaged values of the Poynting vector, presets the modulation of the volume energy density. Such an inhomogeneous optical field can affect nano-sized particles randomly caught in this field. The paper shows that the maximum velocity of “trapping” the particles into the regions of maximum averaged values of the Poynting vector determines the degree of coherence of interacting waves.

© 2012 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(120.5410) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Polarimetry
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

History
Original Manuscript: December 6, 2011
Revised Manuscript: January 16, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: January 18, 2012
Published: March 20, 2012

Citation
Claudia Yu. Zenkova, Mykhailo P. Gorsky, Iryna V. Soltys, and Pavlo O. Angelsky, "Possibilities of using inhomogeneity in light energy distribution for estimating the degree of coherence of superposing waves," Appl. Opt. 51, C38-C43 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-51-10-C38

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