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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 23, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2006
  • pp: 2530–2537

Quasi-stationary plane-wave optical pulses and the van Cittert-Zernike theorem in time

Hanna Lajunen, Ari T. Friberg, and Petter Östlund  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 23, Issue 10, pp. 2530-2537 (2006)

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We study the properties of quasi-stationary, partially coherent, plane-wave optical pulses in the space-time and space-frequency domains. A generalized van Cittert-Zernike theorem in time is derived to describe the propagation of the coherence function of quasi-stationary pulses. The theory is applied to rectangular pulses chopped from a stationary light source, and the evolution characteristics of such pulse trains with different states of coherence are discussed and illustrated with numerical examples.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: April 21, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 16, 2006

Hanna Lajunen, Ari T. Friberg, and Petter Östlund, "Quasi-stationary plane-wave optical pulses and the van Cittert-Zernike theorem in time," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 23, 2530-2537 (2006)

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