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  • Vol. 18, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2001
  • pp: 2502–2511

Radiometry and wide-angle wave fields III: partial coherence

M. A. Alonso  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 18, Issue 10, pp. 2502-2511 (2001)

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The analogs of the generalized radiances introduced in two previous manuscripts [J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 902 (2001) and J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 910 (2001)] for fully coherent fields in two- and three-dimensional free space are given here for the case of partial coherence. These functions are exactly conserved along rays and are suitable for the description of fields with components propagating in any direction. Also defined here is a global measure of coherence, which can be expressed in terms of the new functions. The cases of radiation in a blackbody cavity and partially coherent focused waves are considered as examples.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(030.5630) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiometry

Original Manuscript: February 1, 2001
Revised Manuscript: April 5, 2001
Manuscript Accepted: March 27, 2001
Published: October 1, 2001

M. A. Alonso, "Radiometry and wide-angle wave fields III: partial coherence," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 18, 2502-2511 (2001)

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  19. See Ref. 6, p. 170.
  20. These properties are found in Ref. 6, pp. 183 and 215.
  21. See Ref. 6, pp. 214–216. Notice that the orthogonality relation there differs from the one to be given here: Whereas Eq. (4.7–12) of Ref. 6 involves integration over all space, Eq. (2.17) of this paper involves integration over all directions.
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  23. This condition for the region of interest in explained in Ref. 14.
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  35. Remember that the denominator is given by the square of the total power defined in Eq. (4.2). The fact that this quantity diverges, however, does not mean that the radiation inside a blackbody cavity is infinite, because the field does not extend over all space but only inside the cavity.
  36. A distribution of this form was used in C. J. R. Sheppard, S. Saghafi, “Beam modes beyond the paraxial approximation: a scalar treatment,” Phys. Rev. A 57, 2971–2979 (1998). An alternative periodic Gaussian analog is given in Ref. 26. [CrossRef]

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