The importance of spatial coherence of a pulsed ruby laser beam is pointed out. The spatial and temporal coherences of light are defined. Spatial coherence of the beams from a ruby laser, operating in either the Q-switched or normal lasing modes, is deduced from the degree of visibility of fringes formed by a Michelson interferometer in which the laser beam interferes with itself after being rotated 180°. The results are physically and analytically interpreted.
© 1978 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: February 25, 1978
Published: November 1, 1978
H. Madjidi-Zolbanine, "Spatial coherence of a ruby laser beam by interferometry," Appl. Opt. 17, 3500-3502 (1978)