We demonstrate that optical heterodyne imaging directly measures smoothed Wigner phase space distributions. This method may be broadly applicable to fundamental studies of light propagation and tomographic imaging. Basic physical properties of Wigner distributions are illustrated by experimental measurements.
© 1996 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: May 6, 1996
Published: September 15, 1996
A. Wax and J. E. Thomas, "Optical heterodyne imaging and Wigner phase space distributions," Opt. Lett. 21, 1427-1429 (1996)