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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 30, Iss. 22 — Nov. 15, 2005
  • pp: 2973–2975

Space-time analogy for partially coherent plane-wave-type pulses

Jesús Lancis, Víctor Torres-Company, Enrique Silvestre, and Pedro Andrés  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 30, Issue 22, pp. 2973-2975 (2005)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.30.002973


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Abstract

In this Letter we extend the well-known space-time duality to partially coherent wave fields and, as a limit case, to incoherent sources. We show that there is a general analogy between the paraxial diffraction of quasi-monochromatic beams of limited spatial coherence and the temporal distortion of partially coherent plane-wave pulses in parabolic dispersive media. Next, coherence-dependent effects in the propagation of Gaussian Schell-model pulses are retrieved from that of their spatial counterpart, the Gaussian Schell-model beam. Finally, the last result allows us to present a source linewidth analysis in an optical fiber communication system operating around the 1.55 µm wavelength window.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(060.5530) Fiber optics and optical communications : Pulse propagation and temporal solitons
(320.5550) Ultrafast optics : Pulses

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Citation
Jesús Lancis, Víctor Torres-Company, Enrique Silvestre, and Pedro Andrés, "Space-time analogy for partially coherent plane-wave-type pulses," Opt. Lett. 30, 2973-2975 (2005)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-30-22-2973

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