It is shown that when partially coherent polychromatic light is focused by a filter–lens system with chromatic aberration, a spectral shift exists in the focused field, and a spectral switch that is defined as a sharp transition of the spectral shift also takes place at some positions of the focused field. The influence of the chromatic aberration of the lens, the coherence of the partially coherent light in the filter (a circular aperture), the radius of the aperture, and the spectral width of the partially coherent light in the aperture on the spectral shift and the spectral switch are investigated in detail. The numerical results show that these parameters affect the spectral shift and the spectral switch significantly. Potential applications of the spectral shift and the spectral switch of the partially coherent light are discussed.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: July 27, 2003
Revised Manuscript: February 9, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: February 9, 2004
Published: June 1, 2004
Jixiong Pu, Chao Cai, and Shojiro Nemoto, "Spectral switches of partially coherent light focused by a filter–lens system with chromatic aberration," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 994-999 (2004)