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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 26, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2009
  • pp: 1907–1914

General interference law for nonstationary, separable optical fields

Vladimir Manea  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 26, Issue 9, pp. 1907-1914 (2009)

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An approach to the theory of partial coherence for nonstationary optical fields is presented. Starting with a spectral representation, a favorable decomposition of the optical signals is discussed that supports a natural extension of the mathematical formalism. The coherence functions are redefined, but still as temporal correlation functions, allowing the obtaining of a more general form of the interference law for partially coherent optical signals. The general theory is applied in some relevant particular cases of nonstationary interference, namely, with quasi-monochromatic beams of different frequencies and with phase-modulated quasi-monochromatic beams of similar frequency spectra. All the results of the general treatment are reducible to the ones given in the literature for the case of stationary interference.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.6600) Coherence and statistical optics : Statistical optics
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(250.4110) Optoelectronics : Modulators

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: May 22, 2009
Revised Manuscript: July 5, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: July 6, 2009
Published: August 10, 2009

Vladimir Manea, "General interference law for nonstationary, separable optical fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 1907-1914 (2009)

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