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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 6 — Mar. 15, 2006
  • pp: 688–690

Effects of coherence on the degree of polarization in a Young interference pattern

Franco Gori, Massimo Santarsiero, Riccardo Borghi, and Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 6, pp. 688-690 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.31.000688


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Abstract

Recent predictions concerning the relationship between the degree of polarization at a typical point of a Young interference pattern and the degree of coherence of the electromagnetic field at the pinholes are tested by a simple experiment. In particular, it is shown that light that is completely unpolarized at the pinholes can become partially polarized across the fringe pattern.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 7, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 12, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 13, 2005

Citation
Franco Gori, Massimo Santarsiero, Riccardo Borghi, and Emil Wolf, "Effects of coherence on the degree of polarization in a Young interference pattern," Opt. Lett. 31, 688-690 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-31-6-688

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