We suggest a method to access the second-order, or two-point, Stokes parameters of a partially coherent and partially polarized Gaussian model optical field from an intensity interferometry experiment. Through a remarkably simple experimental arrangement, it is possible to measure the two-point and one-point Stokes parameters simultaneously, allowing the reconstruction of the coherence matrix and the polarization matrix, thus completely characterizing the optical field both statistically and locally on the observation plane. Developments, automation, and applications are pointed out.
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Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: November 27, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 15, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: January 17, 2014
Published: February 21, 2014
Gabriel Basso, Luimar Oliveira, and Itamar Vidal, "Complete characterization of partially coherent and partially polarized optical fields," Opt. Lett. 39, 1220-1222 (2014)