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  • Vol. 20, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2003
  • pp: 78–84

Coherent-mode decomposition of partially polarized, partially coherent sources

Franco Gori, Massimo Santarsiero, Raja Simon, Gemma Piquero, Riccardo Borghi, and Giorgio Guattari  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 20, Issue 1, pp. 78-84 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.20.000078


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Abstract

It is shown that any partially polarized, partially coherent source can be expressed in terms of a suitable superposition of transverse coherent modes with orthogonal polarization states. Such modes are determined through the solution of a system of two coupled integral equations. An example, for which the modal decomposition is obtained in closed form in terms of fully linearly polarized Hermite Gaussian modes, is given.

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OCIS Codes
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

History
Original Manuscript: March 22, 2002
Manuscript Accepted: August 26, 2002
Published: January 1, 2003

Citation
Franco Gori, Massimo Santarsiero, Raja Simon, Gemma Piquero, Riccardo Borghi, and Giorgio Guattari, "Coherent-mode decomposition of partially polarized, partially coherent sources," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 78-84 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-20-1-78


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