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The polarization property and irradiance distribution of incoherent and coherent Gaussian beam combinations

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Based on the beam coherence-polarization (BCP) matrix, the polarization property of coherent and incoherent Gaussian beam combinations is studied in detail. The general expressions for the degree of polarization P of the resulting beam in case of incoherent and coherent combinations are derived. It is shown that P is dependent on the incoherent or coherent combination, propagation distance, separation, azimuth of the polarization plane and numbers of beamlets in general. The irradiance distribution of the resulting beam for the coherent cases depends on the azimuth of the polarization plane of beamlets. However, for the incoherent case it does not.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Institute of Laser Physics & Chemistry, Sichuan University, Chengdu, 610064, PR China

Publication date: 2003-03-01

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