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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 16 — Aug. 7, 2006
  • pp: 6986–6992

Wave optics simulation approach for partial spatially coherent beams

Xifeng Xiao and David Voelz  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 16, pp. 6986-6992 (2006)

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A numerical wave optics approach for simulating a partial spatially coherent beam is presented. The approach involves the application of a sequence of random phase screens to an initial beam field and the summation of the intensity results after propagation. The relationship between the screen parameters and the spatial coherence function for the beam is developed and the approach is verified by comparing results with analytic formulations for a Gaussian Schell-model beam. The approach can be used for modeling applications such as free space optical laser links that utilize partially coherent beams.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(060.4510) Fiber optics and optical communications : Optical communications
(060.5060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Phase modulation
(110.4980) Imaging systems : Partial coherence in imaging

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: June 14, 2006
Revised Manuscript: July 25, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: July 27, 2006
Published: August 7, 2006

Xifeng Xiao and David Voelz, "Wave optics simulation approach for partial spatially coherent beams," Opt. Express 14, 6986-6992 (2006)

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