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In a recent publication [Appl. Phys. Lett, 100, 051108 (2012)], a radially polarized (RP) beam with variable spatial coherence (i.e., partially coherent RP beam) was generated experimentally. In this paper, we derive the realizability conditions for a partially coherent RP beam, and we carry out theoretical and experimental study of the coherence and polarization properties of a partially coherent RP beam. It is found that after passing through a thin lens, both the degree of coherence and thedoi:10.1364/oe.20.028301 pmid:23263065 fatcat:xvh7dqfppfgh5mg6v5bsfwlwy4