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  • Vol. 21, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 2004
  • pp: 2382–2385

Spectral degree of coherence of a random three-dimensional electromagnetic field

Olga Korotkova and Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 21, Issue 12, pp. 2382-2385 (2004)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.21.002382


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Abstract

The complex spectral degree of coherence of a general random, statistically stationary electromagnetic field is introduced in a manner similar to the way it is defined for a beamlike field, namely, by means of Young’s interference experiment. Both its modulus and its phase are measurable. We illustrate the definition by applying it to blackbody radiation emerging from a cavity. The results are of particular interest for near-field optics.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(260.3160) Physical optics : Interference

History
Original Manuscript: April 8, 2004
Revised Manuscript: June 11, 2004
Manuscript Accepted: June 11, 2004
Published: December 1, 2004

Citation
Olga Korotkova and Emil Wolf, "Spectral degree of coherence of a random three-dimensional electromagnetic field," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 21, 2382-2385 (2004)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-21-12-2382

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