Polarization properties of three-dimensional electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model sources

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The polarization properties of the recently introduced three-dimensional electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model sources [Opt. Lett. 42, 1792 (2017)] are examined. Both cases of uniform and non-uniform polarization are considered. The three-dimensional polarization states are characterized via the eigenvalues of a 3×3 source polarization matrix and, more specifically, via the indices of polarimetric purity. We show that the considered sources exhibit a variety of polarization states throughout their volumes conveniently controlled by several physically accessible source parameters.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)791-795
Number of pages5
JournalComputer Optics
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017



  • Coherence
  • Polarization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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