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Linear algebraic theory of partial coherence: discrete fields and measures of partial coherence
Author(s): Haldun M. Ozaktas; Serdar Yuksel; Mehmet Alper Kutay
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Paper Abstract

We present a linear algebraic theory of partial coherence which allows precise mathematical definitions of concepts such as coherence and incoherence. This not only provides new perspectives and insights, but also allows us to employ the tools of linear algebra in applications. We define a scalar measure of the degree of partial coherence of an optical field which is zero for complete incoherence and unity for full coherence.

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Date Published: 19 November 2003
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 4829, 19th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for the Quality of Life, (19 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.531039
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Haldun M. Ozaktas, Bilkent Univ. (Turkey)
Serdar Yuksel, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Mehmet Alper Kutay, The Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey (Turkey)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4829:
19th Congress of the International Commission for Optics: Optics for the Quality of Life
Giancarlo C. Righini; Anna Consortini, Editor(s)

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