A nonuniform sampling scheme is described for measuring the mutual intensity of the wave field produced in a plane a distance z from a spatially incoherent, three-dimensional source object. Both uniform and nonuniform sampling are analyzed and discussed in detail, and comparisons of the two schemes are made. It is shown that nonuniform sampling requires fewer measurements than uniform sampling to specify the coherence function. Additionally, the smallest separation required between measurement points is larger for the nonuniform case.
© 2003 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 9, 2002
Revised Manuscript: November 21, 2002
Manuscript Accepted: November 21, 2002
Published: April 1, 2003
J. Christopher James, Gisele Welch, and William T. Rhodes, "Nonuniform coherence sampling for fields produced by incoherent three-dimensional sources," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 20, 668-677 (2003)