The concept of the degree of paraxiality introduced recently for monochromatic fields is extended to the domain of stochastic electromagnetic fields. Analytical expression for the degree of paraxiality of a stochastic electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model (EGSM) beam is derived. Numerical results show that the degree of paraxiality of an EGSM beam is determined by the degree of polarization, r.m.s. widths of the spectral densities and of the correlation functions of its source. Degree of paraxiality of an EGSM beam after passing through a linear polarizer is also analyzed. Our results show that one can modulate the degree of paraxiality of an EGSM beam by a linear polarizer.
- Degree of paraxiality
- Partially coherent beam
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering