Abstract

We discuss Young’s experiment with electromagnetic random fields at arbitrary states of coherence and polarization within the framework of the electric spatial coherence wavelets. The use of this approach for the electromagnetic spatial coherence theory allows us to envisage the existence of polarization domains inside the observation plane. We show that it is possible to locally control those polarization domains by means of the correlation properties of the electromagnetic wave. To show the validity of this alternative approach, we derive by means of numerical modeling the classical Fresnel–Arago interference laws.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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