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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 14 — Jul. 2, 2012
  • pp: 15908–15927

Statistical properties of a nonparaxial cylindrical vector partially coherent field in free space

Yiming Dong, Fanlong Feng, Yahong Chen, Chengliang Zhao, and Yangjian Cai  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 14, pp. 15908-15927 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.20.015908


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Abstract

Analytical nonparaxial propagation formula for the cross-spectral density matrix of a cylindrical vector partially coherent beam in free space is derived based on the generalized Raleigh-Sommerfeld diffraction integrals. Statistical properties, such as average intensity, degree of polarization and degree of coherence, of a nonparaxial cylindrical vector partially coherent field are illustrated numerically, and compared with that of a paraxial cylindrical vector partially coherent beam. It is found that the statistical properties of a nonparaxial cylindrical vector partially coherent field are much different from that of a paraxial cylindrical vector partially coherent beam, and are closely determined by the initial beam width and correlation coefficients. Our results will be useful for modulating the properties of a nonparaxial cylindrical vector partially coherent field.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(140.3300) Lasers and laser optics : Laser beam shaping
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 24, 2012
Revised Manuscript: June 12, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: June 14, 2012
Published: June 28, 2012

Citation
Yiming Dong, Fanlong Feng, Yahong Chen, Chengliang Zhao, and Yangjian Cai, "Statistical properties of a nonparaxial cylindrical vector partially coherent field in free space," Opt. Express 20, 15908-15927 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-20-14-15908


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