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A little incoherence to improve the clarity
Author(s): Murray Hamilton
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Paper Abstract

Interference resulting from the measurement of four-time fourth-order correlation functions of a wave field is discussed. The fringes that are observed are peculiar because they have a statistical origin, and show the greatest contrast when the coherence time of the field is finite. This is demonstrated with a simple acoustic experiment. Random telegraph phase noise is used in this experiment to vary the field coherence in order to highlight the problem of interpreting this interference; for this noise the Gaussian moment theorem may not be invoked to reduce the description of the interference to one in terms of first order interference. A second example using the pseudorandom phase fluctuations that are encoded on GPS satellite transmissions is also presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5111, Fluctuations and Noise in Photonics and Quantum Optics, (16 May 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.490167
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Murray Hamilton, The Univ. of Adelaide (Australia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5111:
Fluctuations and Noise in Photonics and Quantum Optics
Derek Abbott; Jeffrey H. Shapiro; Yoshihisa Yamamoto, Editor(s)

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