Coherence vortices in Mie scattered nonparaxial partially coherent beams

Madara Lakshika Marasinghe Marasinghe Sumanasirige, Malin Premaratne, David Paganin, Miguel A Alonso

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We have previously demonstrated that Mie scattering of partially coherent plane waves can create coherence vortices, namely screw-type dislocations in the phase of the spectral degree of coherence. However, plane waves are an idealization and in practice, optical beams are often much closer to reality. Thus, in this paper, we consider coherence vortices created by Mie scattering of partially coherent focused beams. We demonstrate that Mie scattering of partially coherent complex focused beams can give rise to coherence vortices. As the scattered fields propagate coherence vortex-antivortex pairs are annihilated thus creating hair-pin structures in the coherence-vortex nodal lines. The evolution of correlation singularities in the scattered field with the variation of the complex focus point of the incident beam is also discussed. The variation of the degree of polarization of the scattered field is also studied.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2858-2875
Number of pages18
JournalOptics Express
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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