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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 27, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2010
  • pp: 1764–1769

Coherence and visibility for vectorial light

Alfredo Luis  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 27, Issue 8, pp. 1764-1769 (2010)

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Two-path interference of transversal vectorial waves is embedded within a larger scheme: this is four-path interference between four scalar waves. This comprises previous approaches to coherence between vectorial waves and restores the equivalence between correlation-based coherence and visibility.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 10, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: June 11, 2010
Published: July 6, 2010

Alfredo Luis, "Coherence and visibility for vectorial light," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 1764-1769 (2010)

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