Polarization and coherence in the Hanbury Brown–Twiss effect

Xianlong Liu, Gaofeng Wu, Xiaoyan Pang, David Kuebel, Taco D. Visser*

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We study the correlation of intensity fluctuations in random electromagnetic beams, the so-called Hanbury Brown–Twiss effect (HBT). We show that not just the state of coherence of the source, but also its state of polarization has a strong influence on the far-zone correlations. Different types of sources are found to have different upper bounds for the normalized HBT coefficient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Modern Optics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018


  • Coherence
  • electromagnetic optics
  • Hanbury Brown–Twiss effect
  • polarization
  • random beams


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