In this thesis, coherence and polarization properties of stochastic optical fields are investigated. The so-called cross-spectral density matrices of polarized and natural light beams are studied. It is shown how coherence and polarization properties of stochastic beams change on superposition. The relationship between the so-called space-time and space-frequency descriptions of completely polarized fields and of completely coherent fields are investigated. An inverse scattering problem involving a random medium is discussed. In this context, the condition which ensures that a beam retains its beam-like form on scattering, is also presented. Basic polarization properties of light beams are discussed based on quantum mechanical theory of fields. A quantum theory of optical coherence in the space-frequency domain is also presented.
|Commitee:||Alonso, Miguel A., Bigelow, Nicholas P., Guo, Chunlei, Knox, Robert S.|
|School:||University of Rochester|
|Department:||School of Arts and Sciences|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||DAI-B 73/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Quantum physics, Optics, Theoretical physics|
|Keywords:||Coherence, Polarization of light, Quantum optics, Statistical theory of light|
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