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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 31, Iss. 14 — Jul. 15, 2006
  • pp: 2097–2099

Invariance and noninvariance of the spectra of stochastic electromagnetic beams on propogation

Jixiong Pu, Olga Korotkova, and Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 31, Issue 14, pp. 2097-2099 (2006)

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It has been known for some time that the spectrum of light may change on propagation, even in free space. The theory of this phenomenon was developed within the framework of scalar theory. We generalize it to electromagnetic beams, generated by planar, secondary, stochastic sources. We also derive an electromagnetic analog of the so-called scaling law. When this law is satisfied the normalized spectrum of the beam is the same throughout the far zone and across the source.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(260.0260) Physical optics : Physical optics
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(350.5500) Other areas of optics : Propagation

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: March 7, 2006
Revised Manuscript: May 1, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: May 1, 2006

Jixiong Pu, Olga Korotkova, and Emil Wolf, "Invariance and noninvariance of the spectra of stochastic electromagnetic beams on propogation," Opt. Lett. 31, 2097-2099 (2006)

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