Abstract

The degree of coherence of scalar light remains constant when the fields are modified by the same random linear transformation, which can be represented by the multiplication by a random complex number. This shows that the coherence properties of scalar light at order two are not modified with the increase of disorder of each field that results from these transformations. We analyze the generalization of this property to partially polarized light. We determine the class of fields that can possess this property for any couple of points in a space-frequency or space-time domain after modification with deterministic Jones transformations. We show that the second-order coherence properties of this class of light can be generated experimentally with two uncorrelated totally polarized sources that have the same scalar coherence properties.

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