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  • Vol. 73, Iss. 3 — Mar. 1, 1983
  • pp: 251–255

Uncertainty principle for partially coherent light

Martin J. Bastiaans  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 73, Issue 3, pp. 251-255 (1983)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.73.000251


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Abstract

Two intensity functions are introduced for partially coherent light: one in a space domain and a second one in a spatial-frequency domain. Moreover, a quantity is defined that can be considered a measure of the overall degree of coherence of the partially coherent light. It is then shown that the following uncertainty principle can be formulated: the product of the effective widths of the two intensity functions has a lower bound, and this lower bound is inversely proportional to the overall degree of coherence.

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Martin J. Bastiaans, "Uncertainty principle for partially coherent light," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 73, 251-255 (1983)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-73-3-251

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