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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2008
  • pp: 1902–1905

Equivalence between optimum Young’s fringe visibility and position-independent stochastic behavior of electromagnetic fields

Rosario Martínez-Herrero and Pedro M. Mejías  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 8, pp. 1902-1905 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.25.001902


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Abstract

Stochastic electromagnetic fields characterized by optimized fringe visibility in a Young interferometric arrangement are shown to be those whose random character is position independent. The optimization procedure involves local unitary transformations, which can be implemented by using reversible anisotropic polarization devices placed at the two pinholes. It is also shown that the local degree of polarization in the optimized interferometer is constant across the superposition region and coincides with the degree of polarization at the two pinholes.

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

ToC Category:
Communications

History
Original Manuscript: April 9, 2008
Revised Manuscript: June 9, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: June 9, 2008
Published: July 7, 2008

Citation
Rosario Martínez-Herrero and Pedro M. Mejías, "Equivalence between optimum Young's fringe visibility and position-independent stochastic behavior of electromagnetic fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 1902-1905 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-25-8-1902

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