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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2004
  • pp: 988–993

Differentiation of globally unpolarized complex random fields

Jeremy Ellis and Aristide Dogariu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 988-993 (2004)

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Different types of random vector fields can be depolarized in a global sense. They can be physically discriminated by probing the statistical invariance when they are subject to operations such as a change of the reference frame or the introduction of an arbitrary retardance. With use of the observable polarization sphere as a visualization tool, a set of measurements is capable of discriminating between certain types of globally depolarized light, and we discuss the geometric interpretation of the physical invariances.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Original Manuscript: May 19, 2003
Revised Manuscript: September 25, 2003
Manuscript Accepted: September 25, 2003
Published: June 1, 2004

Jeremy Ellis and Aristide Dogariu, "Differentiation of globally unpolarized complex random fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 988-993 (2004)

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