State of polarization of a stochastic electromagnetic beam in an optical resonator

Olga Korotkova, Min Yao, Yangjian Cai, Halil T. Eyyuboǧlu, Yahya Baykal

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Abstract

On the basis of the unified theory of coherence and polarization, we investigate the behavior of the state of polarization of a stochastic electromagnetic beam in a Gaussian cavity. Formulations both in terms of Stokes parameters and in terms of polarization ellipse are given. We show that the state of polarization stabilizes, except in the case of a lossless cavity, after several passages between the mirrors, exhibiting monotonic or oscillatory behavior depending on the parameters of the resonator. We also find that an initially (spatially) uniformly polarized beam remains nonuniformly polarized even for a large number of passages between the mirrors of the cavity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2710-2720
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Volume25
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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