Correlations in light and other waves

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Principal investigator : Miguel A. Alonso
Keywords : partial coherence, polarization, Wigner function, Ambiguity function, entanglement.

This work includes theoretical and experimental studies of correlations between optical fields at different points (spatial coherence), at different times (temporal coherence), or for different field components (polarization). At the theoretical level, different formalisms are proposed for modeling partially coherent light, including phase space representations such as the Wigner or Ambiguity functions, or orthonormal basis decompositions for paraxial and nonparaxial beams. At the experimental level, we propose simple non-interferometric techniques for efficiently measuring spatial coherence, phase, and polarization.

Another area of study is the use of similar theoretical models to characterize correlations in quantum wavefunctions, including new descriptions of entanglement that present analogies with optical polarization.


Coherence in the radial degree of freedom
A. Bhattacharjee, S. Biswas, M.A. Alonso, and A.K. Jha
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 40, 411-416 (2023)
Geometric descriptions for the polarization for nonparaxial optical fields : a tutorial
M.A. Alonso
Adv. Opt. Photon. 15, 176-235 (2023)
100 years of Emil Wolf : introduction
G. Gbur, G. Agarwal, M.A. Alonso, P.S. Carney, A.T. Friberg, P. Knight, J.P. Rolland, and T. Shirai
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 39, EW1-EW2 (2022)
Using fluorescent beads to emulate single flurophores
L.A. Aleman-Castañeda, S.Y-T. Feng, R. Gutierrez-Cuevas, I. Herrera, T.G. Brown, S. Brasselet, and M.A. Alonso
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 39, C167-C178 (2022)
(arXiv:2209.08950 (2022).)
Transverse spinning of unpolarized light
J.S. Eismann, L.H. Nicholls, D.J. Roth, M.A. Alonso, P. Banzer, F.J. Rodríguez- Fortuño, A.V. Zayats, F. Nori and K.Y. Bliokh
Nat. Photonics 15, 156–161 (2021)
Polarization singularities and Möbius strips in sound and water-surface waves
K.Y. Bliokh, M.A. Alonso, D. Sugic, M. Perrin, F. Nori, and E. Brasselet
Phys. Fluids 33, 077122 (2021)
Experimental demonstration of superresolution of partially coherent light sources using parity sorting
S.A. Wadood, K. Liang, Y. Zhou, J. Yang, M.A. Alonso, X.F. Qian, T. Malhotra, S.M. Hashemi Rafsanjani, A.N. Jordan, R.W. Boyd, and N.A. Vamivakas
Opt. Express 29, 22034-22043 (2021)
Birefringent Fourier filtering for single molecule Coordinate and Height super-resolution Imaging with Dithering and Orientation
V. Curcio, L.A. Alemán-Castañeda, T.G. Brown, S. Brasselet and M.A. Alonso
Nature Comm. 11, 5307 (2020)
Geometric phases in 2D and 3D polarized fields : geometrical, dynamical, and topological aspects
K.Y. Bliokh, M.A. Alonso and M.R. Dennis
Rep. Prog. Phys. 82, 122401 (2019)
Measuring vector field correlations using diffraction
K.A. Sharma, G. Costello, E. Vélez-Juárez, T.G. Brown and M.A. Alonso
Opt. Express 26, 8301-8313 (2018).
Entanglement polygon inequality in qubit systems
X.-F. Qiang, M.A. Alonso, and J.H. Eberly
New J. Phys. 20, 063012 (2018).
Single-shot noninterferometric measurement of the phase transmission matrix in multicore fibers
S. Sivankutty, V. Tsvirkun, G. Bouwmans, E.R. Andresen, D. Oron, H. Rigneault, and M.A. Alonso
Opt. Lett. 43, 4493-4496 (2018).
Single shot polarimetry of multicore fiber
S. Sivankutti, E.R. Andresen, G. Bowmans, T.G. Brown, M.A. Alonso, and H. Rigneault
Opt. Lett.41, 2105-2108 (2016).
Quantum and Classical Optics – Emerging Links J.H. Eberly, X.-F. Qian, A. Al Qasimi, H. Ali, M.A. Alonso, R. Gutiérrez-Cuevas, B.J. Little, J.C. Howell, T. Malhotra, and A.N. Vamivakas
Phys. Scr. 91, 063003 (2016).
Phase-space approach to lensless measurements of optical field correlations
K.A. Sharma, T.G. Brown, and M.A. Alonso
Opt. Express 24, 16099-16110 (2016).
M.A. Alonso, X.-F. Qian, and J.H. Eberly
Center-of-mass interpretation for bi-partite purity analysis of N-party entanglement
Phys. Rev. A 94, 030303(R) (2016).
Can a Dove prism change the past of a single photon ?
M.A. Alonso and Andrew N. Jordan
Quantum Stud. : Math. Found. DOI 10.1007/s40509-015-0044-8 (2015).
The Wigner function in optics
J.C. Petruccelli and M.A. Alonso
The Optics Encyclopedia (Wiley VCH, 2015), pp. 1-22.
Using shadows for measuring spatial coherence
J.K. Wood, K.A. Sharma, S. Cho, T.G. Brown, and M.A. Alonso
Opt. Lett. 39, 4927-4930 (2014).
Minimum uncertainty solutions for partially coherent fields and quantum mixed states
M.A. Alonso, T. Setälä, and A.T. Friberg
N. J. Phys. 16, 123023 (2014).
Pinhole array implementation of Star Test Polarimetry
B.G. Zimmerman, R. Ramkhalawon, M.A. Alonso, and T.G. Brown
Three-Dimensional and Multidimensional Microscopy : Image Acquisition and Processing XXI, SPIE proceeding 8949, 894912 (2014).
Measurement of spatial coherence through the shadow of small obscurations
K.A. Sharma, J.K. Wood, M.A. Alonso, and T.G. Brown
Reflection, Scattering, and Diffraction from Surfaces IV, Proc. SPIE 9205, 92050G (2014).
Imaging the polarization of a light field
R. Ramkhalawon, T.G. Brown, and M.A. Alonso
Opt. Express 21, 4106-4115 (2013).
M. Marasinghe, M. Premaratne, D. Paganin, and M.A. Alonso
Coherence vortices in Mie scattered partially coherent fields
Opt. Express 20, 2858-2875 (2012).
Full Poincaré beams II : Partial polarization
A.M. Beckley, T.G. Brown, and M.A. Alonso
Opt. Express 20, 9357-9362 (2012).
Measurement of spatial coherence through diffraction from a transparent mask with a phase discontinuity
S. Cho, M.A. Alonso, and T.G. Brown
Opt. Lett. 37, 2724-2726 (2012).
Simple methods for measuring spatial coherence and their relation to the Wigner function
M.A. Alonso, S. Cho and T.G. Brown
IEEE Proceedings of the 11th Euro-American Workshop on Information Optics 1-3 (2012).
A generalized radiance model for the propagation of light within anisotropic media
J.C. Petruccelli and M.A. Alonso
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 791-800 (2011).
Ambiguity function and phase space tomography for nonparaxial fields
S. Cho and M.A. Alonso
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 28, 897-902 (2011).
Optimal pulses for arbitrary dispersive media
M.A. Alonso, T. Setälä, and A.T. Friberg
J. Eur. Opt. Soc. R.P. 6, 11035 (2011).
Wigner functions in optics : describing beams as ray bundles and pulses as particle ensembles (review article)
M.A. Alonso
Adv. Opt. Phot. 3, 272-365 (2011).
Generalized phase space representations in classical optics
M.A. Alonso, J.C. Petruccelli, and S. Cho
22nd Congress of the International Commission for Optics : Light for the Development of the World, SPIE Proceedings 8011, 80116E (2011).
Two methods for modeling the propagation of the coherence and polarization properties of nonparaxial fields
J.C. Petruccelli, N.J. Moore, and M.A. Alonso
Opt. Commun. 283, 4457-4466 (2010).
Phase space distributions tailored for dispersive media
J.C. Petruccelli and M.A. Alonso
J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 27, 1194-1201 (2010).
Methods for modeling nonparaxial fields
J.C. Petruccelli, N.J. Moore, and M.A. Alonso
Proceedings of the 9th Euro-American Workshop on Information Optics, IEEE proceeding 10.1109/WIO.2010.5582523 (2010).
Spatial coherence from ducks
E. Wolf, W.H. Knox, and M.A. Alonso
Physics Today 63, March 2010, p. 11.