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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2013
  • pp: 1107–1112

Change in spatial coherence of light on refraction and on reflection

Mayukh Lahiri and Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA A, Vol. 30, Issue 6, pp. 1107-1112 (2013)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSAA.30.001107


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Abstract

A theory of refraction and reflection of partially coherent electromagnetic beams has been recently developed. In this paper, we apply it to study the change in spatial coherence caused by refraction and by reflection more fully. By considering a Gaussian Schell-model beam, we show that the change is, in general, dependent on the angle of incidence.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(120.5700) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Reflection
(120.5710) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Refraction

ToC Category:
Instrumentation, Measurement, and Metrology

History
Original Manuscript: February 8, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: March 5, 2013
Published: May 13, 2013

Citation
Mayukh Lahiri and Emil Wolf, "Change in spatial coherence of light on refraction and on reflection," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 30, 1107-1112 (2013)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josaa/abstract.cfm?URI=josaa-30-6-1107


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