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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 8 — Apr. 15, 2013
  • pp: 1221–1223

Purity of partial polarization in the frequency and time domains

Timo Hassinen, Jani Tervo, and Ari T. Friberg  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 8, pp. 1221-1223 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.38.001221


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Abstract

We discuss the properties of fields whose polarization states remain invariant in diffractive devices; in particular, in Young’s interferometer. We investigate the conditions for such fields, called pure partially polarized fields, in both the space–time and space–frequency domains and show that the frequency-domain condition is a more general one. We also discuss the relationships of polarization purity and nonquantum entanglement between polarization and spatial (or temporal) correlation.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: February 4, 2013
Revised Manuscript: March 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 8, 2013
Published: April 1, 2013

Citation
Timo Hassinen, Jani Tervo, and Ari T. Friberg, "Purity of partial polarization in the frequency and time domains," Opt. Lett. 38, 1221-1223 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-38-8-1221


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