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Polarization ray picture of coherence for vectorial electromagnetic waves

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Luis Aina, Alfredo (2007) Polarization ray picture of coherence for vectorial electromagnetic waves. Physical review A, 76 (4). 043827_1-043827_6. ISSN 1050-2947

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevA.76.043827


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We elucidate a ray picture of coherence for vectorial electromagnetic waves by using the Stokes parameters for light rays defined by the optical Wigner function. Paraxial propagation is formulated as a complementary Huygens principle. We show that the degrees of coherence are averages of the phase difference where the weights are the Stokes parameters for light rays. We analyze the van Cittert-Zernike theorem for vectorial waves in terms of ray propagation. We show that simple polarization measurements in a Young interferometer determine the degrees of coherence for vectorial electromagnetic waves.


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© 2007 Optical Society of America. I thank I. Gonzalo for a critical reading of the manuscript and valuable suggestions. This work has been supported by Project PR1-A/07-15378 of the Universidad Complutense.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Space-frequency domain; Youngs interference experiment; Angular stokes parameters; Cittert-zernike theorem; Wigner function; Fields; Beams; Light; Diffraction; Contrasts
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Optics
ID Code:31335
Deposited On:28 Jul 2015 09:47
Last Modified:28 Jul 2015 09:47

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