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  • Editor: Franco Gori
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 8 — Aug. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1754–1761

Coherence filtering and revivals in x-ray waveguides: a communication-modes approach

Daniele Pelliccia and David M. Paganin  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 31, Issue 8, pp. 1754-1761 (2014)

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Waveguides for short-wavelength x-rays have been successfully employed for microbeam and nanobeam production and microscopy experiments. The coherence of hard x-ray sources is generally poor, and therefore the spatial coherence filtering characteristics of waveguides have been attractive for high-resolution microscopy experiments. To quantify the spatial coherence filtering properties of a waveguide, we here report a theoretical study of the propagation of a partially coherent beam in a waveguide in the paraxial approximation. By propagating the cross-spectral density function associated with the partially coherent field, we quantify in detail the evolution of the spatial coherence as the beam proceeds along the waveguide. The propagation is efficiently accomplished using the communication-modes formalism. The generality of the approach makes it suitable to study more complex phenomena such as the second-order Talbot self-imaging effect and coherence revivals in waveguides. Numerical results are shown for waveguides illuminated by partially coherent hard x-rays.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(070.6760) Fourier optics and signal processing : Talbot and self-imaging effects
(230.7390) Optical devices : Waveguides, planar
(340.0340) X-ray optics : X-ray optics

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: April 8, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 31, 2014
Published: July 16, 2014

Daniele Pelliccia and David M. Paganin, "Coherence filtering and revivals in x-ray waveguides: a communication-modes approach," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 31, 1754-1761 (2014)

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