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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2414–2417

A law of interference of electromagnetic beams of any state of coherence and polarization and the Fresnel–Arago interference laws

Mircea Mujat, Aristide Dogariu, and Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 21, Issue 12, pp. 2414-2417 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.21.002414


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Abstract

A new general interference law is derived for the superposition of two random electromagnetic beams of any state of coherence and of any state of polarization when the beams are transmitted through polarizers and rotators. It includes, as special cases, a variety of interference laws that apply to particular situations. Some of them have a close bearing on the classic interference experiments of Fresnel and Arago that have played a basic role in elucidating the concept of polarization of light.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

History
Original Manuscript: May 7, 2004
Revised Manuscript: July 7, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: July 7, 2004
Published: December 1, 2004

Citation
Mircea Mujat, Aristide Dogariu, and Emil Wolf, "A law of interference of electromagnetic beams of any state of coherence and polarization and the Fresnel–Arago interference laws," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 2414-2417 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-21-12-2414

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