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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 29, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 2012
  • pp: 410–416

Phase singularities, correlation singularities, and conditions for complete destructive interference

Christopher Rosenbury, Yalong Gu, and Greg Gbur  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 29, Issue 4, pp. 410-416 (2012)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.29.000410


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Abstract

A previously derived condition for the complete destructive interference of partially coherent light emerging from a trio of pinholes in an opaque screen is generalized to the case when the coherence properties of the field are asymmetric. It is shown by example that the interference condition is necessary, but not sufficient, and that the existence of complete destructive interference also depends on the intensity of light emerging from the pinholes and the system geometry; more general conditions for such interference are derived. The phase of the wave field exhibits both phase singularities and correlation singularities, and a number of nonintuitive situations in which complete destructive interference occurs are described and explained.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference
(260.6042) Physical optics : Singular optics

ToC Category:
Physical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: November 9, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: November 28, 2011
Published: March 6, 2012

Citation
Christopher Rosenbury, Yalong Gu, and Greg Gbur, "Phase singularities, correlation singularities, and conditions for complete destructive interference," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 29, 410-416 (2012)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-29-4-410

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