We derive the complex degree of coherence that originates from generalized incoherent two- and three-dimensional sources. Further, we find the locus of maximum coherence and analyze the dependence of the decay of coherence on source thickness.
© 2004 Optical Society of America
(030.1640) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence
(030.1670) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherent optical effects
(060.2370) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics sensors
(290.5850) Scattering : Scattering, particles
Kehan Tian and George Barbastathis, "Coherence patterns originating from incoherent volume sources," Opt. Lett. 29, 670-672 (2004)