Display Settings:

Format

Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Opt Lett. 2005 May 15;30(10):1090-2.

Polarization degree of optical waves with non-Gaussian probability density functions: Kullback relative entropy-based approach.

Author information

  • Fresnel Institute, Centre Nationale de la Recherche, Unité Mixte de Recherche, 6133, Scientifique, Ecole Généraliste d'Ingénieurs de Marseille, Domaine Universitaire de Saint-Jérôme, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20, France. philippe.refregier@fresnel.fr

Abstract

The definition of degree of polarization for non-Gaussian partially polarized light is analyzed. A general framework based on the Kullback relative entropy is developed, and properties that enlighten the physical meaning of the degree of polarization are established. In particular, it is shown how the degree of polarization is related to the measure of proximity between probability density functions and to the measure of disorder provided by the Shannon entropy.

PMID:
15945139
[PubMed]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Optical Society of America
    Write to the Help Desk