We demonstrate monotonic, irreversible effects on the entropy, the degree of polarization, and different degrees of coherence when random, energy-preserving unitary transformations are applied to vectorial electromagnetic fields.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: July 9, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 14, 2008
Published: October 16, 2008
Philippe Réfrégier and Alfredo Luis, "Irreversible effects of random unitary transformations on coherence properties of partially polarized electromagnetic fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 2749-2757 (2008)