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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2006
  • pp: 3025–3027

Can two planar sources with the same sets of Stokes parameters generate beams with different degrees of polarization?

Mohamed Salem, Olga Korotkova, and Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 20, pp. 3025-3027 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.003025


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Abstract

It is shown that two stochastic electromagnetic beams that propagate from the source plane z = 0 into the half-space z > 0 may have different degrees of polarization throughout the half-space, even though they have the same sets of Stokes parameters in the source plane. This fact is due to a possible difference in the coherence properties of the field in that plane, but other reasons are also possible. The result is illustrated by an example.

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OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Polarization

History
Original Manuscript: June 29, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 27, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 27, 2006
Published: September 25, 2006

Citation
Mohamed Salem, Olga Korotkova, and Emil Wolf, "Can two planar sources with the same sets of Stokes parameters generate beams with different degrees of polarization?," Opt. Lett. 31, 3025-3027 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-20-3025


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