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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 37, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2012
  • pp: 4179–4181

Correlation singularities in partially coherent electromagnetic beams

Shreyas B. Raghunathan, Hugo F. Schouten, and Taco D. Visser  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 37, Issue 20, pp. 4179-4181 (2012)

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We demonstrate that coherence vortices, singularities of the correlation function, generally occur in partially coherent electromagnetic beams. In successive cross sections of Gaussian Schell-model beams, their locus is found to be a closed string. These coherence singularities have implications for both interference experiments and correlation of intensity fluctuation measurements performed with such beams.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: July 17, 2012
Revised Manuscript: August 29, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2012
Published: October 2, 2012

Shreyas B. Raghunathan, Hugo F. Schouten, and Taco D. Visser, "Correlation singularities in partially coherent electromagnetic beams," Opt. Lett. 37, 4179-4181 (2012)

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