Polarization correlation functions that characterize the rate of change of the instantaneous polarization state of an arbitrary fluctuating electromagnetic beam were recently introduced. In this work, we describe techniques that enable the measurement of these functions leading to the determination of the so-called polarization time of a random field.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 5, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: February 1, 2012
Published: March 20, 2012
Andriy Shevchenko, Tero Setälä, and Ari T. Friberg, "On experimental characterization of polarization fluctuation dynamics in random optical beams," Appl. Opt. 51, C44-C47 (2012)