Spatio-temporal coupling of random electromagnetic pulses interacting with reflecting gratings

Min Yao, Yangjian Cai, Olga Korotkova, Qiang Lin, Zhaoying Wang

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Matrix optics is applied to a class of random, in time and space, electromagnetic pulsed beam-like (REMPB) radiation interacting with linear optical elements. A 6 × 6 order matrix describing transformation of a six-dimensional state vector including four spatial and two temporal positions within the field is used to derive conditions for spatio-temporal coupling. An example is included which deals with a spatio-temporal coupling in a typical REMPB on reflection from a reflecting grating. Electromagnetic nature of such interaction is explored via considering dependence of the degree of polarization of the reflected REMPB on its source and on the structure of the grating.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22503-22514
Number of pages12
JournalOptics Express
Issue number21
StatePublished - Oct 11 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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