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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 33, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2008
  • pp: 2410–2412

Experimental determination of electric cross-spectral density matrix and generalized Stokes parameters for a laser beam

Bhaskar Kanseri and Hem Chandra Kandpal  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 33, Issue 20, pp. 2410-2412 (2008)

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We report an experimental method to determine the elements of the electric cross-spectral density matrix for laser light. For this purpose an additional setup consisting of mirrors and reflecting prisms is utilized with the conventional Young’s interferometer to overcome existing experimental limitations. The generalized Stokes parameters, which are the characteristics of two spatial points of the electromagnetic field, are also obtained for a pair of points. The knowledge of these two quantities might be useful in determining the change in polarization properties of light in propagation and their effects in optical measurements.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 29, 2008
Revised Manuscript: July 13, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: August 6, 2008
Published: October 15, 2008

Bhaskar Kanseri and Hem Chandra Kandpal, "Experimental determination of electric cross-spectral density matrix and generalized Stokes parameters for a laser beam," Opt. Lett. 33, 2410-2412 (2008)

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