The interaction of an electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model (EGSM) beam with a Gaussian cavity is analyzed. In particular, the evolution of the degree of polarization of the EGSM beam is investigated. The results show that the behavior of the degree of polarization depends on both the statistical properties of the source that generates the EGSM beam and the parameters of the cavity.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: May 6, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 11, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 25, 2008
Published: September 30, 2008
Min Yao, Yangjian Cai, Halil T. Eyyuboğlu, Yahya Baykal, and Olga Korotkova, "Evolution of the degree of polarization of an electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model beam in a Gaussian cavity," Opt. Lett. 33, 2266-2268 (2008)