The process of image formation in optical system with partially coherent illumination is represented as a superposition of completely coherent modal images. Two modal representations of a partially coherent imaging system are given. The basic concepts are illustrated by en example of calculating the image intensity distribution.
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(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(110.2990) Imaging systems : Image formation theory
A. S. Ostrovsky, "Coherent-mode representation of partially coherent imaging," in Frontiers in Optics 2004/Laser Science XXII/Diffractive Optics and Micro-Optics/Optical Fabrication and Testing, OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper FWR3.