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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Jun. 3, 2013
  • pp: 12964–12975

Discreteness of the set of radiant point sources: a physical feature of the second-order wave-fronts

Román Castañeda, David Vargas, and Esteban Franco  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 12964-12975 (2013)

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The non-paraxial phase-space representation of diffraction of optical fields in any state of spatial coherence has been successfully modeled by assuming a discrete set of radiant point sources at the aperture plane instead of a continuous wave-front. More than a mere calculation strategy, this discreteness seems to be a physical feature of the field, independent from the sampling procedure of the modeling.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: November 2, 2012
Revised Manuscript: December 18, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: December 19, 2012
Published: May 20, 2013

Román Castañeda, David Vargas, and Esteban Franco, "Discreteness of the set of radiant point sources: a physical feature of the second-order wave-fronts," Opt. Express 21, 12964-12975 (2013)

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