Spatial coherence plays a major role in characterizing quasi-monochromatic, partially coherent, optical signals. Here a fairly simple system for synthesizing special cases of spatial coherence is proposed. The special cases, called hybrid, include the case of total coherence in the x direction and, simultaneously, total incoherence in the y direction. The optical setup is based on a quasi-monochromatic, spatially coherent light source, such as a laser, and a simple moving optical element.
© 1999 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 13, 1998
Revised Manuscript: February 22, 1999
Published: July 10, 1999
Adolf W. Lohmann, Gal Shabtay, and David Mendlovic, "Synthesis of hybrid spatial coherence," Appl. Opt. 38, 4279-4280 (1999)