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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 7 — Apr. 8, 2013
  • pp: 8987–9004

Polarization changes in temporal imaging with pulses of random light

Timo Voipio, Tero Setälä, and Ari T. Friberg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 7, pp. 8987-9004 (2013)

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We consider polarization changes of randomly fluctuating electromagnetic pulsed light in temporal imaging. The polarization properties of pulses formed by the time lens are formulated in terms of the Stokes parameters. For Gaussian Schell-model pulses we show that the degree and state of polarization of the time-imaged pulse can be tailored in versatile ways, depending on the temporal polarization and coherence of the input pulse and the system parameters. In particular, weakly polarized central region of the pulse may become fully polarized without energy absorption. The results have potential applications in optical communication, micromachining, and light–matter interactions.

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OCIS Codes
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: February 11, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 13, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 14, 2013
Published: April 4, 2013

Timo Voipio, Tero Setälä, and Ari T. Friberg, "Polarization changes in temporal imaging with pulses of random light," Opt. Express 21, 8987-9004 (2013)

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