A general interference law is derived for the superposition of random electromagnetic beams of any state of coherence and polarization. It includes, as special cases, the results of the classic interference experiments of Fresnel and Arago which have played a basic role in elucidating the concept of polarization of light.

© 2004 Optical Society of America

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