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Fundamentals Of Coherent Optics - A Tutorial
Author(s): Brian J. Thompson
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Paper Abstract

This tutorial consists of a review of the pertinent fundamentals of optics: concepts of incoherent, coherent, and partially coherent light; propagation of coherent light; diffraction and interference;Fraunhofer diffraction as a Fourier transformation; spatial frequency concepts; properties of image formation, amplitude impulse response, intensity impulse response, and the optical transfer function; simultaneous optical Fourier transformation and image formation; simple spatial filtering operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 December 1977
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 0128, Effective Utilization of Optics in Radar Systems, (28 December 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955967
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Brian J. Thompson, University of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0128:
Effective Utilization of Optics in Radar Systems
Bernard W. Vatz, Editor(s)

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