Diffraction and interferometry with fast pulses are analyzed for the case that the fields are partially correlated in time and in space. This generalizes a previous work [ Schoonover et al., J. Mod. Opt. 55, 1541 (2008) ], where only the temporal correlations of pulsed fields were considered in a Young’s interferometer. The meaning of the interferograms is addressed for measurements taken in the near, Fresnel, and far zones of the source. It is shown that single-shot measurements cannot generally be used to infer statistical properties of the source, rather, data averaged over many pulses must be used.
© 2009 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: April 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: June 18, 2009
Published: August 14, 2009
Robert W. Schoonover, Brynmor J. Davis, Randy A. Bartels, and P. Scott Carney, "Propagation of spatial coherence in fast pulses," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 26, 1945-1953 (2009)