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Generalized quantitative approach to two-beam fringe visibility (coherence) with different polarizations and frequencies
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Paper Abstract

All two-beam interferometry eventually reduces to quantitative measurement of the effective fringe visibility (or degree of coherence) in some form. We present generalized analytical and experimental results of visibility for the cases of two beam Poynting vectors both collinear (scanning fringe mode) and non-collinear (spatial fringe mode) with different polarizations and frequencies. This leads to a much broader and deeper understanding of the roles of material dipoles (beam splitters & detectors; both classical and quantum) in measured coherence effects that are not explicitly addressed in the traditional coherence theory. Coherence theory should be presented as correlation between sensing dipole undulations that are simultaneously induced by superposed light beams rather than as correlation between the optical fields. This generalized understanding of the physical processes behind coherence phenomenon will open up (i) better understanding of the nature of light and (ii) many more innovative approaches to quantitative interferometry.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7063, Interferometry XIV: Techniques and Analysis, 706305 (11 August 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.793747
Show Author Affiliations
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Femto Macro Continuum (United States)
A. Michael Barootkoob, Consultant (United States)

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

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