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  • Vol. 23, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 1998
  • pp: 989–991

Intensity-based modal analysis of partially coherent beams with Hermite—Gaussian modes

F. Gori, M. Santarsiero, R. Borghi, and G. Guattari  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 23, Issue 13, pp. 989-991 (1998)

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Many partially coherent beams are made up of a superposition of mutually uncorrelated Hermite–Gaussian modes. We prove that knowledge of the transverse intensity profile of such a beam is sufficient for evaluating the weights of the modes in an exact way. Simulations indicate that the proposed method resists noise well.

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OCIS Codes
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes

F. Gori, M. Santarsiero, R. Borghi, and G. Guattari, "Intensity-based modal analysis of partially coherent beams with Hermite—Gaussian modes," Opt. Lett. 23, 989-991 (1998)

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