The time-domain degree of polarization of a stationary, random optical beam, in general, differs from that in the frequency domain. We elucidate the origin of their differences and consider several examples in which the two degrees of polarization either are or are not the same.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 26, 2009
Revised Manuscript: August 18, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: August 25, 2009
Published: September 18, 2009
Tero Setälä, Ferdinando Nunziata, and Ari T. Friberg, "Differences between partial polarizations in the space–time and space–frequency domains," Opt. Lett. 34, 2924-2926 (2009)