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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 20 — Oct. 15, 2013
  • pp: 4023–4025

Diffraction of radiation of any state of spatial coherence on media with periodic structure

Emil Wolf  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 20, pp. 4023-4025 (2013)

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A general formula is derived for the spectral density distribution in the far zone, produced by the diffraction of a beam of any state of spatial coherence on a medium with a spatially periodic structure. The formula may be used to determine the structure of crystals from the diffraction of partially coherent x-ray beams.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.0030) Coherence and statistical optics : Coherence and statistical optics
(290.0290) Scattering : Scattering
(340.0340) X-ray optics : X-ray optics

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: August 28, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: August 29, 2013
Published: October 4, 2013

Emil Wolf, "Diffraction of radiation of any state of spatial coherence on media with periodic structure," Opt. Lett. 38, 4023-4025 (2013)

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  1. A. Guinier and D. L. Dexter, X-Ray Studies of Materials (Wiley, 1963).
  2. R. W. James, The Optical Principles of the Diffraction of X-Rays (Ox Bow, 1982).
  3. The distinction between monochromaticity and spatial coherence is discussed in E. Wolf, Opt. Commun. 284, 4235 (2011).
  4. G. E. Bacon, X-ray and Neutron Diffraction (Pergamon, 1966).
  5. Diffraction of partially coherent beam on a grating was discussed in M. Dušek, Opt. Commun. 111, 203 (1994).
  6. C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, 8th ed. (Wiley, 2005).
  7. E. Wolf, Introduction to the Theory of Coherence and Polarization of Light (Cambridge University, 2007).
  8. M. Dušek, Phys. Rev. E 52, 6833 (1995).

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