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J Opt Soc Am A Opt Image Sci Vis. 2004 Nov;21(11):2097-102.

Spatial correlation properties of focused partially coherent light.

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Microgravity Science Division, NASA Glenn Research Center, 21000 Brookpark Road, MS 110-3 Cleveland, Ohio 44135, USA.


We investigate the spatial coherence properties in the focal region of a converging, spatially partially coherent wave field. In particular, we find that, depending on the effective coherence length of the field in the aperture, the longitudinal and transverse coherence lengths in the focal region can be either larger or smaller than the corresponding width of the intensity distribution. Also, the correlation function is shown to exhibit phase singularities.

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