Elementary functions: Propagation of partially coherent light
2009 (English)In: Journal of the Optical Society of America A, ISSN 0740-3232, Vol. 26, no 7, 1721-1729 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The theory of propagation of partially coherent light is well known, but performing numerical calculations still presents a difficulty because of the dimensionality of the problem. We propose using a recently introduced method based on the use of elementary functions [Wald et al. Proc. SPIE6040, 59621G (2005)] to reduce the integrals to two dimensions. We formalize the method, describe its inherent assumptions and approximations, and introduce a sampling criterion for adequate interpolation. We present an analysis of some special cases, such as the Gaussian Schell-model beam, and briefly discuss generalized numerical propagation of two-dimensional field distributions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Optical Society of America , 2009. Vol. 26, no 7, 1721-1729 p.
imaging systems, partial coherence, coherence theory, information transfer
Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-62127DOI: 10.1364/JOSAA.26.001721OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-62127DiVA: diva2:479846
QC 201201192012-01-182012-01-182012-01-19Bibliographically approved