Applied Physics B

, Volume 96, Issue 2, pp 499–507

Twist phase-induced polarization changes in electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model beams


DOI: 10.1007/s00340-009-3469-0

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Cai, Y. & Korotkova, O. Appl. Phys. B (2009) 96: 499. doi:10.1007/s00340-009-3469-0


Electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model (EGSM) beam with twist phase (i.e., twisted EGSM beam) is introduced as an extension of its scalar version based on the unified theory of coherence and polarization. We show how analytical paraxial propagation formulae of isotropic and anisotropic EGSM beams passing through a general astigmatic ABCD optical system can be modified in the presence of the twist phase. Numerical examples demonstrate that the twist phase affects the spectral density, the state of coherence, and the degree of polarization of EGSM beams on propagation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physical Science and TechnologySuzhou UniversitySuzhouChina
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Miami, Coral GablesFloridaUSA