Stokes parameters and polarization contrasts in Young's interference experiment
2006 (English)In: Optics Letters, ISSN 0146-9592, E-ISSN 1539-4794, Vol. 31, no 14, 2208-2210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We derive a spectral interference law that governs the behavior of the four Stokes parameters in Young's two-pinhole experiment with a random electromagnetic beam. In addition to the visibility of intensity fringes, we introduce three new contrast parameters that describe the interference-induced changes in the field's state of partial polarization. The polarization modulation depends on the electric field correlations at the pinholes and is closely related to the two-point Stokes parameters. The results are expected to be particularly useful in polarization interferometry and electromagnetic coherence theory. The formalism is demonstrated with specific examples.
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2006. Vol. 31, no 14, 2208-2210 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-15839ISI: 000238960300038ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33749629104OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-15839DiVA: diva2:333881
QC 201005252010-08-052010-08-05Bibliographically approved