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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 2 — Jan. 15, 2008
  • pp: 195–197

On the vectorial fields with position-independent stochastic behavior

Rosario Martínez-Herrero and Pedro M. Mejías  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 2, pp. 195-197 (2008)

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Vectorial fields with position-independent stochastic behavior within a certain region are analyzed. More specifically, we deal with the transverse components of this class of beamlike fields (the longitudinal component assumed to be negligible). The general form of the cross-spectral density tensor (CDT) of these fields is shown. Attention is also focused on the properties of these kinds of fields. Thus, among other characteristics, it is seen that the CDT of these fields can be written as the sum of two CDTs associated, respectively, to a totally polarized field and to an unpolarized field. It is also shown that, for such fields, a Young’s interference experiment can always be performed whose fringe visibility is optimized. This behavior has analytically been characterized by means of a certain parameter, valid for general beamlike fields. It is shown that, for the fields studied, this parameter reaches its maximum value.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 7, 2007
Revised Manuscript: December 18, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: December 19, 2007
Published: January 14, 2008

Rosario Martínez-Herrero and Pedro M. Mejías, "On the vectorial fields with position-independent stochastic behavior," Opt. Lett. 33, 195-197 (2008)

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