The irreversible behavior of polarization properties that appears when random unitary transformations are applied to three-dimensional (3D) random optical fields is investigated. The ability of 3D degrees of polarization not to increase and to evolve independently of each other with such transformations is analyzed.
© 2012 Optical Society of America
Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: October 11, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: December 2, 2011
Published: February 1, 2012
Philippe Réfrégier, "Evolution of 3D degrees of polarization with random unitary transformations," Opt. Lett. 37, 428-430 (2012)