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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2000
  • pp: 2440–2463

Optical phase space, Wigner representation, and invariant quality parameters

R. Simon and N. Mukunda  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 2440-2463 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.17.002440


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Abstract

Wigner’s quasi probability and related functional and operator methods of quantum mechanics have recently played an important role in optics. We present an account of some of these developments. The symmetry structures underlying the ray and wave approaches to paraxial optics are explored in some detail, and the manner in which the Wigner phase-space representation captures the merits of both approaches is brought out. A fairly self-contained analysis of the second or intensity moments of general astigmatic partially coherent beams and of their behavior under transmission through astigmatic first-order optical systems is presented. Geometric representations of the intensity moments that render the quality parameters or polynomial invariants manifest are discussed, and the role of the optical uncertainty principle in assigning unbeatable physical bounds for these invariants is stressed. Measurement of the ten intensity moments of an astigmatic partially coherent beam is considered.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(080.2720) Geometric optics : Mathematical methods (general)
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

History
Original Manuscript: March 31, 2000
Revised Manuscript: August 18, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: June 23, 2000
Published: December 1, 2000

Citation
R. Simon and N. Mukunda, "Optical phase space, Wigner representation, and invariant quality parameters," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 2440-2463 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-17-12-2440

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