TY - JOUR

T1 - Effects of linear non-image-forming devices on spectra and on coherence and polarization properties of stochastic electromagnetic beams

T2 - Part I: General theory

AU - Korotkova, Olga

AU - Wolf, Emil

N1 - Funding Information:
The research was supported by the US Air Force Office of Scientific Research under grant No. F49260-03-1-0138, by the Engineering Research Program of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences at the U.S. Department of Energy under grant No. DE-FG02-2ER45992, and by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRC) under contract FA 9451-04-C-0296.

PY - 2005/12/15

Y1 - 2005/12/15

N2 - The classic theoretical techniques of polarization optics are the Jones calculus and the Stokes-Mueller calculus. Both deal with transmission of certain 'one-point quantities, which are associated with a light beam. Recently 'two-point quantities were introduced, which are the elements of a 2×2 cross-spectral density matrix that characterizes the correlations at two points in a beam or which are expressible in terms of them. Unlike the quantities with which the Jones and the Stokes calculus deal, these generalized quantities contain information not only about the polarization properties of the beam but also about its coherence properties. In this paper we present a generalization of the Jones calculus and of the Stokes-Mueller calculus for transformations of the new two-point quantities by linear non-image-forming devices. They may act on the beam in a deterministic or in a random manner.

AB - The classic theoretical techniques of polarization optics are the Jones calculus and the Stokes-Mueller calculus. Both deal with transmission of certain 'one-point quantities, which are associated with a light beam. Recently 'two-point quantities were introduced, which are the elements of a 2×2 cross-spectral density matrix that characterizes the correlations at two points in a beam or which are expressible in terms of them. Unlike the quantities with which the Jones and the Stokes calculus deal, these generalized quantities contain information not only about the polarization properties of the beam but also about its coherence properties. In this paper we present a generalization of the Jones calculus and of the Stokes-Mueller calculus for transformations of the new two-point quantities by linear non-image-forming devices. They may act on the beam in a deterministic or in a random manner.

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U2 - 10.1080/09500340500334038

DO - 10.1080/09500340500334038

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:29744458359

VL - 52

SP - 2659

EP - 2671

JO - Journal of Modern Optics

JF - Journal of Modern Optics

SN - 0950-0340

IS - 18

ER -