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The European Physical Journal D

, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 95–101 | Cite as

Propagation of partially polarized, partially coherent beams in uniaxial crystals orthogonal to the optical axis

  • D. J. LiuEmail author
  • Z. X. Zhou
Optical Physics

Abstract

The propagation of partially polarized and partially coherent beams in uniaxial crystals orthogonal to the optical axis is investigated. The analytical formulae for the elements of the cross-spectral density matrix of partially polarized and partially coherent beams propagating through uniaxial crystals orthogonal to the optical are derived. The numerical results show that the degree of polarization decreases with the increase of the ratio of extraordinary to ordinary refractive indices at a certain propagation distance, and the influence of uniaxial crystals on the degree of coherent is not so evident. And the beams spread more rapidly in the direction parallel to the optical axis than orthogonal to the optical axis in positive crystal with the propagation distance increasing.

PACS

41.20.Jb Electromagnetic wave propagation; radiowave propagation 42.25.Ja Polarization 42.25.Kb Coherence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsHarbin Institute of TechnologyHarbinP.R. China

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