Based on the theory of coherence and polarization of stochastic electromagnetic pulses, the analytical expression for the spectral degree of polarization of stochastic spatially and spectrally partially coherent electromagnetic pulses propagating in dispersive media is derived. Numerical calculations are performed to show the dependence of spectral degree of polarization on the spatial correlation length, temporal coherence length, pulse duration, pulse frequency, and medium dispersion. The results are interpreted physically.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: May 5, 2009
Revised Manuscript: June 25, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 15, 2009
Published: August 18, 2009
Chaoliang Ding, Liuzhan Pan, and Baida Lü, "Changes in the spectral degree of polarization of stochastic spatially and spectrally partially coherent electromagnetic pulses in dispersive media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26, 1728-1735 (2009)