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

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

http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.23.002530

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### Abstract

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

**History**

Original Manuscript: April 21, 2006

Manuscript Accepted: May 16, 2006

**Citation**

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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