It is proved that prescribed distributions of the cross-spectral density across a plane can be produced by starting from a primary source that is either spatially incoherent or spatially coherent. Possible synthesis schemes are outlined, and some difficulties generally encountered in the synthesis problem are discussed.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: November 25, 1985
Manuscript Accepted: March 27, 1986
Published: August 1, 1986
P. De Santis, F. Gori, G. Guattari, and C. Palma, "Synthesis of partially coherent fields," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 3, 1258-1262 (1986)