Fraunhofer diffraction and the state of polarization of partially coherent electromagnetic beams

Yangyundou Wang, Shenggang Yan, Xiaofei Li, Xianlong Liu, Yangjian Cai, Govind P. Agrawal, Taco D. Visser*

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Abstract

We generalize the concept of Fraunhofer diffraction to partially coherent electromagnetic beams and show how the state of polarization is affected by a circular aperture. It is illustrated that the far-zone properties of a random beam can be tuned by varying the aperture radius. We find that even an incident beam that is completely unpolarized can sometimes produce a field that is highly polarized.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3330-3333
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Volume44
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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