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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2006
  • pp: 2519–2529

Young's experiment with electromagnetic spatial coherence wavelets

Roman Castaneda, Juan Carrasquilla, and Jorge Garcia-Sucerquia  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 23, Issue 10, pp. 2519-2529 (2006)

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We discuss Young's experiment with electromagnetic random fields at arbitrary states of coherence and polarization within the framework of the electric spatial coherence wavelets. The use of this approach for the electromagnetic spatial coherence theory allows us to envisage the existence of polarization domains inside the observation plane. We show that it is possible to locally control those polarization domains by means of the correlation properties of the electromagnetic wave. To show the validity of this alternative approach, we derive by means of numerical modeling the classical Fresnel-Arago interference laws.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: November 18, 2005
Revised Manuscript: February 9, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: March 20, 2006

Roman Castaneda, Juan Carrasquilla, and Jorge Garcia-Sucerquia, "Young's experiment with electromagnetic spatial coherence wavelets," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 2519-2529 (2006)

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