Young's interference experiment reloaded
2007 (English)In: 6th International Workshop on Information Optics, WIO'07 / [ed] Benediktsson, JA; Javidi, B; Gudmundsson, KS, 2007, Vol. 949, 130-137 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
An electromagnetic Young's interference experiment is considered with arbitrary, spectrally partially coherent and partially polarized electric fields at the pinholes. Any correlations that exist at the openings lead to modulations of the Stokes parameters on the observation screen. The electromagnetic degree of coherence can be viewed, in direct analogy to the usual scalar case, as a measure of the modulation contrasts of not just the optical intensity but also the polarization state. The electromagnetic degree of coherence can be obtained experimentally via four visibility measurements using appropriate wave plates. If the field at the pinholes is fully polarized, a periodic variation of the polarization state appears on the observation screen, leading to a Pancharatnam-Berry phase. It is shown that this geometric phase has a straightforward but elegant relationship to the Stokes parameters at the pinholes.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 949, 130-137 p.
, AIP Conference Proceedings, ISSN 0094-243X ; 949
Young's interferometer, coherence, polarization, geometric phase
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-41097DOI: 10.1063/1.2812288ISI: 000251413100017ScopusID: 2-s2.0-36849059568ISBN: 978-0-7354-0463-2OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-41097DiVA: diva2:443849
6th International Workshop on Information Optics Location: Reykjavik, Iceland, Date: JUN 25-30, 2007