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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 1998
  • pp: 241–243

Matrix treatment for partially polarized, partially coherent beams

Franco Gori  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 4, pp. 241-243 (1998)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.23.000241


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Abstract

A matrix method is outlined for dealing with quasi-monochromatic, partially polarized light when spatial coherence is not necessarily complete and propagation occurs along beams. Both spatial coherence and polarization properties are described by a single 2×2 matrix whose elements have the structure of mutual intensity functions. Through a simple example it is shown that this matrix can account for differences that would not be revealed by a scalar treatment or by a locally defined polarization matrix.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(230.5440) Optical devices : Polarization-selective devices
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Franco Gori, "Matrix treatment for partially polarized, partially coherent beams," Opt. Lett. 23, 241-243 (1998)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-23-4-241


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