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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 35, Iss. 13 — Jul. 1, 2010
  • pp: 2239–2241

Transport of intensity and spectrum for partially coherent fields

Adam M. Zysk, Robert W. Schoonover, P. Scott Carney, and Mark A. Anastasio  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 35, Issue 13, pp. 2239-2241 (2010)

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Transport-of-intensity and transport-of-spectrum equations are derived using the coherent mode decomposition for paraxial fields having an arbitrary state of coherence. We give a simple example that demonstrates the difference between a partially coherent and a fully coherent transport of intensity or spectrum. The results presented here may be used to estimate the intensity response in a variety of phase-contrast imaging modalities and may form the basis for improved phase-retrieval techniques.

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OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(030.4070) Coherence and statistical optics : Modes
(110.4980) Imaging systems : Partial coherence in imaging
(350.5030) Other areas of optics : Phase

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Optical Design and Fabrication

Original Manuscript: March 16, 2010
Revised Manuscript: May 27, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: May 27, 2010
Published: June 25, 2010

Adam M. Zysk, Robert W. Schoonover, P. Scott Carney, and Mark A. Anastasio, "Transport of intensity and spectrum for partially coherent fields," Opt. Lett. 35, 2239-2241 (2010)

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