Generalized van Cittert-Zernike theorem for the cross-spectral density matrix of quasi-homogeneous planar electromagnetic sources

Oscar G. Rodríguez-Herrera, J. Scott Tyo

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Abstract

A generalized van Cittert-Zernike theorem for the cross-spectral density matrix of quasi-homogeneous planar electromagnetic sources is introduced. We present theoretical examples of using this theorem to generate fields with interesting polarization and spatial coherence properties by choosing the appropriate spectral density distribution of the source. We found that under certain conditions, a quasi-homogeneous, polarized source may produce a beam in the far field that is unpolarized in the typical one-point sense but polarized in the two-point, mutual polarization sense.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1939-1947
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Volume29
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition

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