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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 16 — Aug. 8, 2005
  • pp: 6051–6060

Invariant degrees of coherence of partially polarized light

Philippe Réfrégier and François Goudail  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 16, pp. 6051-6060 (2005)

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The spatio-temporal properties of partially polarized light are analyzed in order to separate partial polarization and partial coherence. For that purpose we introduce useful invariance properties which allow one to characterize intrinsic properties of the optical light independently of the particular experimental conditions. This approach leads to new degrees of coherence and their relation with measurable quantities is discussed. These results are illustrated on some simple examples.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Original Manuscript: June 17, 2005
Revised Manuscript: July 21, 2005
Published: August 8, 2005

Philippe Réfrégier and François Goudail, "Invariant degrees of coherence of partially polarized light," Opt. Express 13, 6051-6060 (2005)

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