The effect of coherence properties of illumination on image resolution, well known in a scalar case, is studied for the case of vector electromagnetic illumination. Using an example of vector Gaussian Schell-model illumination, we analyze the dependence of optical system resolution on the transverse correlation lengths of the orthogonal field components and on the ratio of the powers of these components, each taken separately.
© 2011 Optical Society of America
Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: February 23, 2011
Revised Manuscript: April 2, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: April 3, 2011
Published: April 29, 2011
Andrey S. Ostrovsky, Miguel Á. Olvera-Santamaría, and Paulo C. Romero-Soría, "Effect of coherence and polarization on resolution of optical imaging system," Opt. Lett. 36, 1677-1679 (2011)