We present a polarimetric technique that provides a complete description of a mixture of uncorrelated optical fields with different spectral and polarization properties. The second-order coherence theory is used to describe the superposition of two random optical fields, and an imaging experiment is reported that illustrates the capability to separate radiations with different spectral composition and to simultaneously determine their Stokes vectors.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 23, 2003
Revised Manuscript: October 2, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: October 14, 2003
Published: February 1, 2004
Ihor Berezhnyy and Aristide Dogariu, "Polarimetric description of superposing random electromagnetic fields with different spectral composition," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 218-222 (2004)