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  • Vol. 16, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1999
  • pp: 359–363

Coherence waves

Adolf W. Lohmann, David Mendlovic, and Gal Shabtay  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 16, Issue 2, pp. 359-363 (1999)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.16.000359


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Abstract

In 1955 Wolf noticed that the mutual coherence function Γ obeys two wave equations [Proc. R. Soc. London 230, 246 (1955)]. The physical optics of this finding is thoroughly presented in Mandel and Wolf’s recent monograph [Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, UK 1995)]. We discuss those coherence waves in the spirit of optical signal processing. The term coherence waves is justified if one accepts the following paradigm: A wave is whatever obeys the wave equation.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(070.6020) Fourier optics and signal processing : Continuous optical signal processing
(350.7420) Other areas of optics : Waves

History
Original Manuscript: March 19, 1998
Revised Manuscript: September 21, 1998
Manuscript Accepted: September 25, 1998
Published: February 1, 1999

Citation
Adolf W. Lohmann, David Mendlovic, and Gal Shabtay, "Coherence waves," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 16, 359-363 (1999)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-16-2-359

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