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  • Vol. 70, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 1980
  • pp: 745–747

Meaning of quadratic structure functions

Stephen M. Wandzura  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 70, Issue 6, pp. 745-747 (1980)

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Quadratic structure functions are sometimes used to describe the phase of partially coherent waves. The physical significance of such structure functions, that they describe a tilted but unwarped phase, limits their applicability to propagation calculations. Calculation of processes in which the principal effects are due to phase-front tilting may be simplified by recognizing that fact.

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Stephen M. Wandzura, "Meaning of quadratic structure functions," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 70, 745-747 (1980)

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