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  • Vol. 68, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 1978
  • pp: 1135–1136

Phase determination by conjugate wave-front generation

G. P. Agrawal  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 68, Issue 8, pp. 1135-1136 (1978)

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A new method is proposed to solve the phase problem of the optical coherence theory. The method consists of generating a phase-conjugate wave using a suitable nonlinear process and superimposing it with the original wavefield. We discuss how the method could be applied to obtain the intensity distribution across an incoherent light source.

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G. P. Agrawal, "Phase determination by conjugate wave-front generation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1135-1136 (1978)

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