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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 34, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2009
  • pp: 3761–3763

Some consequences of the van Cittert–Zernike theorem for partially polarized stochastic electromagnetic fields

Tomohiro Shirai  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 34, Issue 23, pp. 3761-3763 (2009)

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Coherence and polarization properties of the field generated by a partially polarized incoherent source are examined in terms of the 2 × 2 cross-spectral density matrix, with a view to deriving an electromagnetic counterpart of the van Cittert–Zernike theorem. Emphasis is placed on the polarization properties of the field. As some consequences of the extended theorem, we found that the spectral degree of polarization of the resultant field is generally different from that of the source and that both are the same in a special case. A different somewhat unconventional view of the extended theorem is also discussed in brief.

© 2009 Optical Society of America

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

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

Original Manuscript: July 1, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 22, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: November 3, 2009
Published: November 30, 2009

Tomohiro Shirai, "Some consequences of the van Cittert-Zernike theorem for partially polarized stochastic electromagnetic fields," Opt. Lett. 34, 3761-3763 (2009)

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