In terms of the spectral density tensors associated with the electric field vector, the maximum visibility one can obtain in a two-point interference arrangement by using local (i.e., position-dependent) unitary transformations applied at such points is determined. It is also shown that the maximum visibility can be expressed in terms of a number of well-known parameters describing the coherence and polarization features of the field.
© 2007 Optical Society of America
Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: February 6, 2007
Revised Manuscript: March 1, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: March 16, 2007
Published: May 3, 2007
Rosario Martínez-Herrero and Pedro M. Mejías, "Maximum visibility under unitary transformations in two-pinhole interference for electromagnetic fields," Opt. Lett. 32, 1471-1473 (2007)