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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 48, Iss. 8 — Mar. 10, 2009
  • pp: 1527–1534

Ray-based simulation of the propagation of light with different degrees of coherence through complex optical systems

Falko Riechert, Fabian Dürr, Udo Rohlfing, and Uli Lemmer  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 48, Issue 8, pp. 1527-1534 (2009)

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We show the functional extension of a standard ray tracer to be capable of tracing light fields of different degrees of coherence through complex optical systems. The light fields are represented by spherical waves. An approximate reconstruction of the optical field is possible at arbitrary positions in an optical system under investigation. Therefore, we can calculate the intensity distribution as well as the complex degree of coherence between two points at arbitrary positions. Simulations of the coherence properties of basic optical systems, which can be described analytically, show excellent agreement with theory. Furthermore, we show simulations of the coherence properties of a two-tandem-array microlens beam homogenizer under illumination with fully and partially coherent light.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(080.0080) Geometric optics : Geometric optics
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(220.0220) Optical design and fabrication : Optical design and fabrication

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: October 28, 2008
Revised Manuscript: January 20, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: January 30, 2009
Published: March 4, 2009

Falko Riechert, Fabian Duerr, Udo Rohlfing, and Uli Lemmer, "Ray-based simulation of the propagation of light with different degrees of coherence through complex optical systems," Appl. Opt. 48, 1527-1534 (2009)

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