Abstract

We analyze the behavior of the degree of polarization in the interference field of Young’s double-slit experiment. We analyze the degree of polarization in Young’s double-slit interference experiment illuminated by stochastic electromagnetic beams. The distribution of the degree of polarization in the interference field for different correlation lengths and different slit widths is investigated. Furthermore, it is shown that the degree of polarization for a fixed observation point may take on values different from those it takes in the slits, depending not only on the value of the correlation length but also on the width of the slit.

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