Use of the van Cittert-Zernike theorem for partially polarized sources



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Piquero Sanz, Gemma María and Borghi, Riccardo and Gori, Franco and Santarsiero, Massimo (2000) Use of the van Cittert-Zernike theorem for partially polarized sources. Optics Letters, 25 (17). pp. 1291-1293. ISSN 0146-9592

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We introduce an extension of the van Cittert-Zernike theorem to spatially incoherent sources with partial polarization. We show through a simple example that fields generated by such sources can possess correlation matrices with interesting properties. In particular, we show that by suitable modulation of the polarization state across the incoherent source, the correlation between the orthogonal components of the field as well as the degree of polarization may drastically change on propagation.

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© 2000 Optical Society of America.
G. Piquero acknowledges support from the the Spanish project PB97-0295 and the program Becas Internacionales Universidad Complutense/Flores Valles.

Uncontrolled Keywords:Beams, Propagation
Subjects:Sciences > Physics > Optics
ID Code:23475
Deposited On:12 Nov 2013 11:37
Last Modified:21 Jun 2022 16:50

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