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  • Vol. 22, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2005
  • pp: 1143–1150

Coherence theory of electromagnetic wave propagation through stratified N-layer media

B. J. Hoenders and M. Bertolotti  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 22, Issue 6, pp. 1143-1150 (2005)

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The theory of second-order coherence in connection with wave propagation through a stratified N-layer (SNL) medium is developed. Especially, the influence of the SNL medium on the propagation of the coherence generated by a given state of coherence at the entrance plane of the medium is considered. The generalization of the van Cittert–Zernike theorem is obtained, and the propagation of the second-order coherence from a quasi-homogeneous surface distribution or a rough surface is calculated. Furthermore, the influence of SNL media on the coherence properties of a pulse is calculated.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.5770) Coherence and statistical optics : Roughness
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(290.5880) Scattering : Scattering, rough surfaces
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

Original Manuscript: September 17, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: November 19, 2004
Published: June 1, 2005

B. J. Hoenders and M. Bertolotti, "Coherence theory of electromagnetic wave propagation through stratified N-layer media," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 22, 1143-1150 (2005)

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