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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 16, Iss. 25 — Dec. 8, 2008
  • pp: 20283–20294

Space-time coherence of polychromatic propagation-invariant fields

Jari Turunen  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 16, Issue 25, pp. 20283-20294 (2008)

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Polychromatic stationary propagation-invariant fields with complete spatial coherence in the space-frequency domain are considered. In general, the field is shown to be spatially partially coherent in the space-time domain, apart from transversely achromatic fields with complete transverse coherence. Particular attention is paid to fields that possess the same cone angle at each frequency; these are stationary counterparts of pulsed conical fields known as X waves. It is shown that, for such fields, the radius of the space-time-domain transverse coherence area depends critically on the bandwidth of the power spectrum and can be comparable to the central-lobe radius of the monochromatic field component at the peak frequency of the spectrum.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(070.3185) Fourier optics and signal processing : Invariant optical fields
(070.7345) Fourier optics and signal processing : Wave propagation

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 23, 2008
Revised Manuscript: October 27, 2008
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 2008
Published: November 24, 2008

Jari Turunen, "Space-time coherence of polychromatic propagation-invariant fields," Opt. Express 16, 20283-20294 (2008)

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