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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 7 — Apr. 1, 2006
  • pp: 858–860

Vector mode analysis of a Young interferometer

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

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 7, pp. 858-860 (2006)

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It is proved that, when the vector modal theory of coherence is applied to a pair of fixed points, exact results are obtained for the mode structure. In particular, it is shown that the field radiated by the pinholes of a Young interferometer can always be represented by the incoherent superposition of no more than four perfectly correlated and polarized modes. The role of such modes is illustrated through a simple example.

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

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: November 22, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: January 2, 2006

Franco Gori, Massimo Santarsiero, and Riccardo Borghi, "Vector mode analysis of a Young interferometer," Opt. Lett. 31, 858-860 (2006)

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