We show that the correlation matrix of any electromagnetic planar source endowed with complete polarization must be of a universal form, no matter how the field components are correlated across the source plane. Such form entails that both the realizability conditions and the search of vector modes of the source reduce to scalar problems. We shall also briefly dwell on how propagation affects the polarization properties of the field and, in particular, we discuss cases in which propagated light remains completely polarized.
© 2008 Optical Society of America
Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: September 9, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 15, 2008
Published: November 24, 2008
Franco Gori, "Partially correlated sources with complete polarization," Opt. Lett. 33, 2818-2820 (2008)