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  • Vol. 71, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1981
  • pp: 1434–1439

Multiplex version of the Van Cittert-Zernike theorem

H. P. Baltes and Karl M. Jauch  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 71, Issue 12, pp. 1434-1439 (1981)

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This is a theoretical study of a partially coherent light source incorporating a stochastic, diffuser-like component and a deterministic, beam-splitter-like component. The resulting degree of spectral coherence in the far zone exhibits two peaks, whose shapes are determined by the Fourier transform of the source-plane intensity profile. Experimental realizations of this compound source are proposed. Implications for information coding are discussed.

© 1981 Optical Society of America

H. P. Baltes and Karl M. Jauch, "Multiplex version of the Van Cittert-Zernike theorem," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 71, 1434-1439 (1981)

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