Modulation of electromagnetic fields by a depolarizer of random polarizer array

Ning Ma, Steen G. Hanson, Wei Wang

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The statistical properties of the electric fields with random change of polarization state in space generated by a depolarizer are investigated on the basis of the coherence matrix. The depolarizer is a polarizer array composed of a multitude of contiguous square cells of polarizers with randomly distributed polarization angles where the incident fields experience a random polarization modulation after passing through the depolarizer. The propagation of the modulated electric fields through any quadratic optical system is examined within the frame work of the complex ABCD matrix to show how the degree of coherence and polarization changes on propagation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1997-2000
Number of pages4
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number9
Early online date21 Apr 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2016


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