Average characteristics of partially coherent electromagnetic beams are treated with the paraxial approximation. Azimuthally or radially polarized, azimuthally symmetric beams and linearly polarized dipolar beams are used as examples. The change in the mean squared width of the beam from its value at the location of the beam waist is found to be proportional to the square of the distance in the propagation direction. The proportionality constant is obtained in terms of the cross-spectral density as well as its spatial spectrum. The use of the cross-spectral density has advantages over the use of its spatial spectrum.
© 2000 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 5, 1999
Revised Manuscript: December 1, 1999
Manuscript Accepted: November 10, 1999
Published: April 1, 2000
S. R. Seshadri, "Average characteristics of partially coherent electromagnetic beams," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 780-789 (2000)