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Journal of the Optical Society of America B


  • Editor: Grover Swartzlander
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2014
  • pp: A51–A55

Experimental generation of an optical field with arbitrary spatial coherence properties

Brandon Rodenburg, Mohammad Mirhosseini, Omar S. Magaña-Loaiza, and Robert W. Boyd  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA B, Vol. 31, Issue 6, pp. A51-A55 (2014)

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We describe an experimental technique for generating a quasi-monochromatic field with any arbitrary spatial coherence properties that can be described by the cross-spectral density function, W(r1,r2). This is done by using a dynamic binary amplitude grating generated by a digital micromirror device to rapidly alternate between a set of coherent fields, creating an incoherent mix of modes that represent the coherent mode decomposition of the desired W(r1,r2). This method was then demonstrated experimentally by interfering two plane waves and then spatially varying the coherence between them. It is then shown that this creates an interference pattern between the two beams whose fringe visibility varies spatially in an arbitrary and prescribed way.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(070.6120) Fourier optics and signal processing : Spatial light modulators

Original Manuscript: January 8, 2014
Revised Manuscript: April 25, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: May 8, 2014
Published: May 23, 2014

Brandon Rodenburg, Mohammad Mirhosseini, Omar S. Magaña-Loaiza, and Robert W. Boyd, "Experimental generation of an optical field with arbitrary spatial coherence properties," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 31, A51-A55 (2014)

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