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

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We present a generalized van Cittert-Zernike theorem for the cross-spectral density matrix of quasi-homogeneous planar electromagnetic sources. An example of the generation of a beam with interesting polarization and spatial coherence properties is discussed. This example was obtained 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 farfield that is unpolarized in the typical one-point sense but polarized in the two-point mutual polarization sense.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFrontiers in Optics, FIO 2012
PublisherOptical Society of America (OSA)
ISBN (Print)9781557529565
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventFrontiers in Optics 2012 - Rochester, United States of America
Duration: 14 Oct 201218 Oct 2012

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NameFrontiers in Optics, FIO 2012


ConferenceFrontiers in Optics 2012
Abbreviated title FIO 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States of America

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