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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 11 — Jun. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1720–1722

Probability density function and detection threshold in high contrast imaging with partially polarized light

Natalia Yaitskova  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 11, pp. 1720-1722 (2009)

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We obtain an expression for the probability density function of partially developed speckles formed by light with an arbitrary degree of polarization. From the probability density we calculate the detection threshold corresponding to the 5 σ confidence level of a normal distribution. We show that unpolarized light has an advantage in high contrast imaging for low ratios of the deterministic part of the point spread function to the halo, typical in coronagraphy.

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OCIS Codes
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(350.1270) Other areas of optics : Astronomy and astrophysics

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: March 26, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: April 15, 2009
Published: May 29, 2009

Natalia Yaitskova, "Probability density function and detection threshold in high contrast imaging with partially polarized light," Opt. Lett. 34, 1720-1722 (2009)

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