Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Contributions to the Theories of Coherence and Polarization of Light
by Lahiri, Mayukh, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2012, 158; 3498255
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wolf, Emil
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
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Quantum physics, Optics, Theoretical physics
Keywords: Coherence, Polarization of light, Quantum optics, Statistical theory of light
Publication Number: 3498255
ISBN: 9781267206473
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