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  • Vol. 42, Iss. 31 — Nov. 1, 2003
  • pp: 6239–6244

Spatial and temporal coherence of filtered thermal light

Lorenzo Basano, Pasquale Ottonello, Giovanni Rottigni, and Marco Vicari  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 42, Issue 31, pp. 6239-6244 (2003)

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When a filter is placed in front of a double slit illuminated by a primary source of finite extent, the theory of partial coherence predicts that in general the interference fringes do not acquire unit visibility even as the passband of the filter is made arbitrarily narrow. The effect of reducing the filter bandwidth is that the visibility of the fringes tends to the modulus of the spectral degree of coherence and that more interference fringes become visible. A systematic experimental verification of these theoretical predictions is lacking so far and is provided here from the use of a highly sensitive CCD camera.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(040.1520) Detectors : CCD, charge-coupled device

Original Manuscript: February 5, 2003
Revised Manuscript: July 11, 2003
Published: November 1, 2003

Lorenzo Basano, Pasquale Ottonello, Giovanni Rottigni, and Marco Vicari, "Spatial and temporal coherence of filtered thermal light," Appl. Opt. 42, 6239-6244 (2003)

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