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The spatial degree of polarization and the first-order statistical properties of polarization speckle

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Wei Wang

Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)

Akihiro Matsuda, Mitsuo Takeda

The Univ. of Electro-Communications (Japan)

Steen G. Hanson

Technical Univ. of Denmark (Denmark)

Proc. SPIE 7063, Interferometry XIV: Techniques and Analysis, 70630B (August 11, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.792843
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  • Interferometry XIV: Techniques and Analysis
  • Joanna Schmit; Katherine Creath; Catherine E. Towers
  • San Diego, California, USA | August 10, 2008

abstract

In analogy with the degree of polarization used widely for the description of partially polarized thermal light, we introduced a new concept of the spatial degree of polarization to characterize the statistical properties of the polarization speckle with its polarization states fluctuating in space. As a function of the spatial degree of polarization, the first order statistics of the polarization speckle are studied theoretically, and the corresponding probability density functions of the Stokes parameters are measured experimentally by a polarization interferometer to demonstrate the validity of the principle.

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Wei Wang ; Akihiro Matsuda ; Steen G. Hanson and Mitsuo Takeda
"The spatial degree of polarization and the first-order statistical properties of polarization speckle", Proc. SPIE 7063, Interferometry XIV: Techniques and Analysis, 70630B (August 11, 2008); doi:10.1117/12.792843; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.792843


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