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  • Vol. 11, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1994
  • pp: 1641–1643

Change of polarization of light beams on propagation in free space

Daniel F. V. James  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 11, Issue 5, pp. 1641-1643 (1994)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.11.001641


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Abstract

It is shown by use of a simple model that in general the state of polarization of a light beam generated by a partially coherent source changes as the beam propagates in free space.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: March 18, 1993
Revised Manuscript: October 29, 1993
Manuscript Accepted: October 29, 1993
Published: May 1, 1994

Citation
Daniel F. V. James, "Change of polarization of light beams on propagation in free space," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 11, 1641-1643 (1994)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-11-5-1641


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