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  • Vol. 17, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2000
  • pp: 2481–2485

Phase-space interferences as the source of negative values of the Wigner distribution function

Daniela Dragoman  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 17, Issue 12, pp. 2481-2485 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.17.002481


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Abstract

It is shown that the negative values of the Wigner distribution function in classical optics are a consequence of the phase-space interference among the Gaussian beams into which an arbitrary light distribution (or a superposition of light distributions) can be decomposed. These elementary Gaussian beams partition the phase space in wave optics in adjacent, interacting, finite-area cells, in contrast to geometrical optics, where the phase space is continuous and a light beam can be decomposed into a number of perfectly localized, non-interacting rays.

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OCIS Codes
(070.0070) Fourier optics and signal processing : Fourier optics and signal processing
(070.4560) Fourier optics and signal processing : Data processing by optical means
(100.0100) Image processing : Image processing
(100.2960) Image processing : Image analysis

History
Original Manuscript: September 24, 1999
Revised Manuscript: February 25, 2000
Manuscript Accepted: February 7, 2000
Published: December 1, 2000

Citation
Daniela Dragoman, "Phase-space interferences as the source of negative values of the Wigner distribution function," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 17, 2481-2485 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-17-12-2481

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