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  • Vol. 28, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2003
  • pp: 1630–1632

Is there a fundamental limitation on the measurement of spatial coherence for highly incoherent fields?

J. Grondalski and D. F. V. James  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Letters, Vol. 28, Issue 18, pp. 1630-1632 (2003)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OL.28.001630


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Abstract

We investigate a fundamental limitation on the measurement of spatial coherence for highly incoherent fields. We model the near-field detection scheme, required for such a measurement, with pointlike induced dipoles. We find that this fully vector model sets a characteristic length scale beyond which the spatial coherence of an optical field cannot be accurately measured. This length scale forms an uncertainty relationship with the photodetector integration time.

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(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics

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J. Grondalski and D. F. V. James, "Is there a fundamental limitation on the measurement of spatial coherence for highly incoherent fields?," Opt. Lett. 28, 1630-1632 (2003)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ol/abstract.cfm?URI=ol-28-18-1630


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