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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 5 — Mar. 1, 2009
  • pp: 557–559

Cross-spectral density matrices of polarized light beams

Mayukh Lahiri and Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 5, pp. 557-559 (2009)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.34.000557


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Abstract

We show that there is no unique form of the cross-spectral density matrix of completely polarized light beams. We present three kinds of such matrices, each of which represents a beam that is completely polarized at every point. Some of the beams do not imitate monochromatic beams, in contrast to the usual assumption made in polarization optics.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: October 31, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: January 7, 2009
Published: February 19, 2009

Citation
Mayukh Lahiri and Emil Wolf, "Cross-spectral density matrices of polarized light beams," Opt. Lett. 34, 557-559 (2009)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-34-5-557


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