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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2007
  • pp: 2215–2217

Effects of coherence on anisotropic electromagnetic Gaussian–Schell model beams on propagation

Hua Wang, Xiangzhao Wang, Aijun Zeng, and Kun Yang  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 15, pp. 2215-2217 (2007)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.32.002215


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Abstract

An analytical formula for the cross-spectral density matrix of the electric field of anisotropic electromagnetic Gaussian–Schell model beams propagating in free space is derived by using a tensor method. The effects of coherence on those beams are studied. It is shown that two anisotropic stochastic electromagnetic beams that propagate from the source plane z = 0 into the half-space z > 0 may have different beam shapes (i.e., spectral density) and states of polarization in the half-space, even though they have the same beam shape and states of polarization in the source plane. This fact is due to a difference in the coherence properties of the field in the source plane.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: April 25, 2007
Revised Manuscript: May 30, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: June 5, 2007
Published: July 24, 2007

Citation
Hua Wang, Xiangzhao Wang, Aijun Zeng, and Kun Yang, "Effects of coherence on anisotropic electromagnetic Gaussian-Schell model beams on propagation," Opt. Lett. 32, 2215-2217 (2007)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-32-15-2215


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