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  • Vol. 38, Iss. 1 — Jan. 1, 2013
  • pp: 58–60

On two definitions of the three-dimensional degree of polarization in the near field of statistically homogeneous partially coherent sources

Juan Miguel Auñón and Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 1, pp. 58-60 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.000058


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Abstract

We investigate the role of the source coherence length in the two alternative definitions, [Phys. Rev. E 66, 016615 (2002)] and [Opt. Commun. 248, 333 (2005)], respectively, on the degree of polarization of a three-dimensional near field emitted by a random planar source. It is demonstrated that for the wide variety of statistically homogeneous sources, there are regimes where both definitions are identical. In particular, this occurs for fields from δ-correlated, such as thermal sources. Further, we discuss how the excitation of surface waves influence whether those two definitions coincide.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(240.6690) Optics at surfaces : Surface waves
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 2, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 4, 2012
Published: December 20, 2012

Citation
Juan Miguel Auñón and Manuel Nieto-Vesperinas, "On two definitions of the three-dimensional degree of polarization in the near field of statistically homogeneous partially coherent sources," Opt. Lett. 38, 58-60 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-1-58


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