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  • Vol. 30, Iss. 10 — May. 15, 2005
  • pp: 1090–1092

Polarization degree of optical waves with non-Gaussian probability density functions: Kullback relative entropy-based approach

Philippe Réfrégier  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 10, pp. 1090-1092 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.001090


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Abstract

The definition of degree of polarization for non-Gaussian partially polarized light is analyzed. A general framework based on the Kullback relative entropy is developed, and properties that enlighten the physical meaning of the degree of polarization are established. In particular, it is shown how the degree of polarization is related to the measure of proximity between probability density functions and to the measure of disorder provided by the Shannon entropy.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.4280) Coherence and statistical optics : Noise in imaging systems
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

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Philippe Réfrégier, "Polarization degree of optical waves with non-Gaussian probability density functions: Kullback relative entropy-based approach," Opt. Lett. 30, 1090-1092 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-10-1090


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