We show that having a Wolf degree of coherence of unit modulus or having intrinsic degrees of coherence of unit modulus imply different relations between the electric fields of the light. The mean square meaning of such relations is discussed. On the one hand, we demonstrate that if the intrinsic degrees of coherence are equal to 1, then there is a linear relation between the electrical fields. On the other hand, we show that a Wolf degree of coherence of unit modulus corresponds to a stronger property that implies that the fields have to be proportional.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: May 9, 2006
Revised Manuscript: June 20, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 21, 2006
Published: September 11, 2006
Philippe Réfrégier and Antoine Roueff, "Linear relations of partially polarized and coherent electromagnetic fields," Opt. Lett. 31, 2827-2829 (2006)