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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 9 — May. 1, 2000
  • pp: 663–665

Light beams with minimum phase space product

Sergey A. Ponomarenko and Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 9, pp. 663-665 (2000)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.25.000663


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Abstract

We derive a reciprocity inequality involving the product of the effective size of a statistically stationary, planar, secondary source of any state of coherence and of the angular spread of the far-zone intensity generated by the source. We show that of all possible such sources, the fully spatially coherent lowest-order Hermite–Gaussian laser mode has the smallest possible reciprocity product.

© 2000 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence

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Sergey A. Ponomarenko and Emil Wolf, "Light beams with minimum phase space product," Opt. Lett. 25, 663-665 (2000)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-25-9-663

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