Generation and spatio-temporal evolution of polarization speckle

Wei Wang, Ning Ma, Jonas Ritter, Steen G. Hanson, Wolfgang Osten, Mitsuo Takeda

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In this paper, we review our recent work on the statistical properties of polarization speckle generated by a birefringent material with rough surface. After a short introduction of a less-known concept of polarization speckle with its unique properties of random polarization states fluctuating in space, we provide an intuitive explanation of the cause of polarization speckle by vector random walks in the complex plane for two components of the vectorial electric fields. The surface polarization scattering is investigated in terms of the coherence matrix, and a relationship between the statistical properties of the scattered light at the scattering surface and the micro-structure of the anisotropic media has been explored to understand the underlying mechanism. The coherence and polarization properties of the stochastic electric fields at the far field after propagation have been studied in order to describe their spatial structure and evolution. Furthermore, the dynamic properties of polarization speckle have also been investigated in order to investigate the simultaneous reduction of coherence and polarization of the scattered light for the first time.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSpeckle 2018
Subtitle of host publicationVII International Conference on Speckle Metrology
EditorsMalgorzata Kujawinska, Leszek R. Jaroszewicz
ISBN (Electronic)9781510622982
ISBN (Print)9781510622975
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2018
Event7th International Conference on Speckle Metrology 2018 - Janow Podlaski, Poland
Duration: 10 Sept 201812 Sept 2018

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


Conference7th International Conference on Speckle Metrology 2018
Abbreviated titleSpeckle 2018
CityJanow Podlaski


  • Mutual coherence tensor
  • Polarization
  • Random walk
  • Speckles
  • Statistical optics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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