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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2006
  • pp: 688–690

Effects of coherence on the degree of polarization in a Young interference pattern

Franco Gori, Massimo Santarsiero, Riccardo Borghi, and Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 6, pp. 688-690 (2006)

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Recent predictions concerning the relationship between the degree of polarization at a typical point of a Young interference pattern and the degree of coherence of the electromagnetic field at the pinholes are tested by a simple experiment. In particular, it is shown that light that is completely unpolarized at the pinholes can become partially polarized across the fringe pattern.

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

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: November 7, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 12, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 13, 2005

Franco Gori, Massimo Santarsiero, Riccardo Borghi, and Emil Wolf, "Effects of coherence on the degree of polarization in a Young interference pattern," Opt. Lett. 31, 688-690 (2006)

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