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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 2005
  • pp: 491–496

Discrimination of globally unpolarized fields through Stokes vector element correlations

Jeremy Ellis and Aristide Dogariu  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 22, Issue 3, pp. 491-496 (2005)

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In a previous publication [ J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 988 ( 2004)], we examined theoretically joint probability distributions of Stokes vector elements and suggested the existence of various types of globally unpolarized light that could be discriminated through measurement of the Stokes vector element correlations. We now study the joint distribution of the degree of polarization and the three Stokes parameters as it relates to material properties in highly scattering, depolarizing random media. We describe numerical and experimental results of second-order Stokes vector element correlations, demonstrating the existence of various types of nonclassical, globally unpolarized light, and we suggest experimental means for discriminating between such field distributions. We also discuss the usefulness of the Stokes vector element correlations as an experimental tool for discriminating between different globally unpolarized fields and for verifying the assumption of Gaussian statistics usually invoked in the context of multiple light scattering.

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OCIS Codes
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

Original Manuscript: June 17, 2004
Revised Manuscript: September 22, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: October 8, 2004
Published: March 1, 2005

Jeremy Ellis and Aristide Dogariu, "Discrimination of globally unpolarized fields through Stokes vector element correlations," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 491-496 (2005)

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