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Journal of the Optical Society of America A

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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 25, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 2008
  • pp: 2571–2581

Monte Carlo modeling of spatial coherence: free-space diffraction

David G. Fischer, Scott A. Prahl, and Donald D. Duncan  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 25, Issue 10, pp. 2571-2581 (2008)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.25.002571


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Abstract

We present a Monte Carlo method for propagating partially coherent fields through complex deterministic optical systems. A Gaussian copula is used to synthesize a random source with an arbitrary spatial coherence function. Physical optics and Monte Carlo predictions of the first- and second-order statistics of the field are shown for coherent and partially coherent sources for free-space propagation, imaging using a binary Fresnel zone plate, and propagation through a limiting aperture. Excellent agreement between the physical optics and Monte Carlo predictions is demonstrated in all cases. Convergence criteria are presented for judging the quality of the Monte Carlo predictions.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(030.5620) Coherence and statistical optics : Radiative transfer
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(110.4980) Imaging systems : Partial coherence in imaging
(170.3660) Medical optics and biotechnology : Light propagation in tissues

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

History
Original Manuscript: May 9, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: July 21, 2008
Published: September 23, 2008

Virtual Issues
Vol. 3, Iss. 12 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
David G. Fischer, Scott A. Prahl, and Donald D. Duncan, "Monte Carlo modeling of spatial coherence: free-space diffraction," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 25, 2571-2581 (2008)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-25-10-2571

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