Probability density function and detection threshold in high contrast imaging with partially polarized light.

@article{Yaitskova2009ProbabilityDF,
  title={Probability density function and detection threshold in high contrast imaging with partially polarized light.},
  author={Natalia Yaitskova},
  journal={Optics letters},
  year={2009},
  volume={34 11},
  pages={1720-2}
}
We obtain an expression for the probability density function of partially developed speckles formed by light with an arbitrary degree of polarization. From the probability density we calculate the detection threshold corresponding to the 5 sigma confidence level of a normal distribution. We show that unpolarized light has an advantage in high contrast… CONTINUE READING