Propagation of spatial coherence in fast pulses

Robert W. Schoonover, Brynmor J. Davis, Randy A. Bartels, P. Scott Carney

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Diffraction and interferometry with fast pulses are analyzed for the case that the fields are partially correlated in time and in space. This generalizes a previous work[Schoonover et al., J. Mod. Opt. 55, 1541 (2008)], where only the temporal correlations of pulsed fields were considered in a Young's interferometer. The meaning of the interferograms is addressed for measurements taken in the near, Fresnel, and far zones of the source. It is shown that single-shot measurements cannot generally be used to infer statistical properties of the source, rather, data averaged over many pulses must be used.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1945-1953
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition


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