Propagation-induced polarization changes in partially coherent optical beams.

  title={Propagation-induced polarization changes in partially coherent optical beams.},
  author={Govind P. Agrawal and Emil Wolf},
  journal={Journal of the Optical Society of America. A, Optics, image science, and vision},
  volume={17 11},
Propagation of a partially coherent optical beam inside a linear, nondispersive, dielectric medium is studied, taking into account the vector nature of the electromagnetic field. Propagation-induced polarization changes are studied by using the Gaussian-Schell model for the cross-spectral-density tensor. The degree of polarization changes with propagation and also becomes nonuniform across the beam cross section. The extent of these changes depends on the coherence radius associated with the… CONTINUE READING
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