Coherence theory of electromagnetic wave propagation through stratified N-layer media

B.J. Hoenders, M. Bertolotti

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Abstract

The theory of second-order coherence in connection with wave propagation through a stratified N-layer (SNL) medium is developed. Especially, the influence of the SNL medium on the propagation of the coherence generated by a given state of coherence at the entrance plane of the medium is considered. The generalization of the van Cittert-Zernike theorem is obtained, and the propagation of the second-order coherence from a quasi-homogeneous surface distribution or a rough surface is calculated. Furthermore, the influence of SNL media on the coherence properties of a pulse is calculated. (c) 2005 Optical Society of America

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1143-1150
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A
Volume22
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun-2005

Keywords

  • GENERALIZED RAY THEORY
  • SPATIAL COHERENCE
  • GREEN-FUNCTION

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