Can two planar sources with the same sets of Stokes parameters generate beams with different degrees of polarization?

Mohamed Salem, Olga Korotkova, Emil Wolf

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Abstract

It is shown that two stochastic electromagnetic beams that propagate from the source plane z=0 into the half-space z>0 may have different degrees of polarization throughout the half-space, even though they have the same sets of Stokes parameters in the source plane. This fact is due to a possible difference in the coherence properties of the field in that plane, but other reasons are also possible. The result is illustrated by an example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3025-3027
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Volume31
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 15 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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