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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1437–1443

Synthesis of electromagnetic Schell-model sources

M. Santarsiero, R. Borghi, and V. Ramírez-Sánchez  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 26, Issue 6, pp. 1437-1443 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.26.001437


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Abstract

A procedure for the synthesis of the most general electromagnetic Schell-model light source is proposed. It makes use of the generalized van Cittert–Zernike theorem to produce the electromagnetic source starting from a primary spatially incoherent source, characterized by a suitable position-dependent polarization matrix. By resorting to the spectral decomposition of the polarization matrix, it is shown how such an incoherent source can be synthesized by using a Mach–Zehnder interferometer, with suitable amplitude transmittances placed in its arms, fed by two mutually uncorrelated laser beams. Examples are given for the case of electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model sources.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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

ToC Category:
Polarization

History
Original Manuscript: February 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 12, 2009
Published: May 26, 2009

Citation
M. Santarsiero, R. Borghi, and V. Ramírez-Sánchez, "Synthesis of electromagnetic Schell-model sources," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 1437-1443 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-26-6-1437

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