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  • Vol. 36, Iss. 15 — Aug. 1, 2011
  • pp: 2880–2882

Visibility in ghost imaging with classical partially polarized electromagnetic beams

Tomohiro Shirai, Henri Kellock, Tero Setälä, and Ari T. Friberg  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 15, pp. 2880-2882 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.36.002880


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Abstract

We consider classical second-order ghost imaging with uniformly partially polarized electromagnetic beams and examine the effect of the degree of polarization of the incident light on the visibility of the image. Closed- form expressions for two previously proposed definitions of visibility are derived. Both results are physically similar and show that the visibility increases with the degree of polarization. Hence, a polarized beam is superior to an unpolarized one to obtain a high-visibility ghost image. Some related issues in recent literature are also addressed.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: January 25, 2011
Revised Manuscript: May 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 1, 2011
Published: July 25, 2011

Citation
Tomohiro Shirai, Henri Kellock, Tero Setälä, and Ari T. Friberg, "Visibility in ghost imaging with classical partially polarized electromagnetic beams," Opt. Lett. 36, 2880-2882 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-36-15-2880


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