Polarization speckles and generalized Stokes vector wave: a review [invited]

Publication: ResearchConference article – Annual report year: 2010

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We review some of the statistical properties of polarization-related speckle phenomena, with an introduction of a less known concept of polarization speckles and their spatial degree of polarization. As a useful means to characterize twopoint vector field correlations, we review the generalized Stokes parameters proposed by Korotkova and Wolf, and introduce its time-domain representation to describe the space-time evolution of the correlation between random electric vector fields at two different space-time points. This time-domain generalized Stokes vector, with components similar to those of the beam coherence polarization matrix proposed by Gori, is shown to obey the wave equation in exact analogy to a coherence function of scalar fields. Because of this wave nature, the time-domain generalized Stokes vector is referred to as generalized Stokes vector wave in this paper.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering
Pages (from-to)73870V
StatePublished - 2010
EventSpeckle : Optical Metrology - Florianapolis, Brazil


ConferenceSpeckle : Optical Metrology
CityFlorianapolis, Brazil
Period01/01/2010 → …
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 6


  • Stokes parameters, Coherence, Degree of polarization, Speckles, Polarization, Stochastic process
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