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Journal of the Optical Society of America A


  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1825–1831

Approach for fast numerical propagation of uniformly polarized random electromagnetic fields in dispersive linearly birefringent systems

Piotr L. Makowski and Andrzej W. Domanski  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 9, pp. 1825-1831 (2013)

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An efficient simulation technique is proposed for computing propagation of uniformly polarized statistically stationary fields in linear nonimage-forming systems that includes dispersion of linear birefringence to all orders. The method is based on the discrete-time Fourier transformation of modified frequency profiles of the spectral Stokes parameters. It works under the condition that all (linearly) birefringent sections present in the system are described by the same phase birefringence dispersion curve, being a monotonic function of the optical frequency within the bandwidth of the light. We demonstrate the technique as a supplement for the Mueller–Stokes matrix formalism extended to any uniformly polarized polychromatic illumination. Accuracy of its numerical implementation has been verified by using parameters of a Lyot depolarizer made of a highly birefringent and dispersive monomode photonic crystal fiber.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(060.2420) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fibers, polarization-maintaining
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(260.2030) Physical optics : Dispersion
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 8, 2013
Revised Manuscript: August 1, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 1, 2013
Published: August 22, 2013

Piotr L. Makowski and Andrzej W. Domanski, "Approach for fast numerical propagation of uniformly polarized random electromagnetic fields in dispersive linearly birefringent systems," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 1825-1831 (2013)

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