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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2007
  • pp: 3400–3401

Polarization invariance in beam propagation

Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 23, pp. 3400-3401 (2007)

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It has been known for some time that the degree of polarization of a light beam may change on propagation, even in free space. In this Letter we derive sufficiency conditions for the degree of polarization of a beam generated by a uniformly polarized stochastic, electromagnetic source of a wide class to be the same throughout the far zone and in the source plane.

© 2007 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 10, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: October 1, 2007
Published: November 20, 2007

Emil Wolf, "Polarization invariance in beam propagation," Opt. Lett. 32, 3400-3401 (2007)

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