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.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 22, 2002
Manuscript Accepted: August 26, 2002
Published: January 1, 2003
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)