By expanding the hard-aperture function into a finite sum of complex Gaussian functions, we derived an approximate analytical formula for a partially coherent twisted anisotropic Gaussian Schell-model (AGSM) beam propagating through an apertured paraxial general astigmatic (GA) optical system by use of a tensor method. The results obtained by using the approximate analytical formula are in good agreement with those obtained by using the numerical integral calculation. Our formulas avoid time-consuming numerical integration and provide a convenient and effective way for studying the propagation and transformation of a partially coherent twisted AGSM beam through an apertured paraxial GA optical system.
© 2006 Optical Society of America
Coherence and Statistical Optics
Original Manuscript: September 28, 2005
Revised Manuscript: December 6, 2005
Manuscript Accepted: December 15, 2005
Yangjian Cai and Li Hu, "Propagation of partially coherent twisted anisotropic Gaussian Schell-model beams through an apertured astigmatic optical system," Opt. Lett. 31, 685-687 (2006)