Two methods are presented for the amplitude and phase recovery of optical beams with rotational symmetry. These are the tomographic method based on the ambiguity function and the one-step wavefront recovery based on the measurement of a phase-space distribution closely related to the Wigner distribution function. The results obtained from these two methods are compared, and the appropriateness of using either one of them for specific situations is discussed.
© 2002 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: March 20, 2002
Revised Manuscript: May 27, 2002
Published: September 10, 2002
Daniela Dragoman, Mircea Dragoman, and Karl-Heinz Brenner, "Amplitude and phase recovery of rotationally symmetric beams," Appl. Opt. 41, 5512-5518 (2002)