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The spatial degree of polarization and the first-order statistical properties of polarization speckle
Author(s): Wei Wang; Akihiro Matsuda; Steen G. Hanson; Mitsuo Takeda
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Paper Abstract

In analogy with the degree of polarization used widely for the description of partially polarized thermal light, we introduced a new concept of the spatial degree of polarization to characterize the statistical properties of the polarization speckle with its polarization states fluctuating in space. As a function of the spatial degree of polarization, the first order statistics of the polarization speckle are studied theoretically, and the corresponding probability density functions of the Stokes parameters are measured experimentally by a polarization interferometer to demonstrate the validity of the principle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 2008
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7063, Interferometry XIV: Techniques and Analysis, 70630B (11 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.792843
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Wei Wang, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)
Akihiro Matsuda, The Univ. of Electro-Communications (Japan)
Steen G. Hanson, Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)
Mitsuo Takeda, The Univ. of Electro-Communications (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7063:
Interferometry XIV: Techniques and Analysis
Joanna Schmit; Katherine Creath; Catherine E. Towers, Editor(s)

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