Some first-order and higher-order statistical properties of polarization speckle

Shengzhu Xiao, Jianlin Nie, Steen G. Hanson, Mitsuo Takeda, Wei Wang

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In this paper, we revisit the role of polarization and coherence in the study of polarization speckle. It is shown that the type of polarization and coherence used in such analysis has an important difference from the "classical"polarization and coherence concepts. The analogy between polarization speckle and partially polarized thermal radiation is explored. We propose a concept referred to as ensemble-average polarization and coherence for statistical optics and give the definition and physical indication for polarization speckle. Some statistics associated with polarization speckle including the 1st order statistical statistics of the Stokes parameters and the ensemble-average Van Cittert-Zernike theorem for the ensembled-average generalized Stokes parameters are investigated theoretically and experimentally to demonstrate their link and different physical features as compared with the conventional concepts.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputational Optics 2021
EditorsDaniel G. Smith, Frank Wyrowski, Andreas Erdmann
ISBN (Electronic)9781510645950
ISBN (Print)9781510645943
Publication statusPublished - 13 Sept 2021
EventComputational Optics 2021 - Virtual, Online, Spain
Duration: 13 Sept 202117 Sept 2021

Publication series

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


ConferenceComputational Optics 2021
CityVirtual, Online


  • Ensemble-average polarization and coherence
  • Generalized Stokes parameters
  • Polarization speckle

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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