, Volume 24, Issue 9, pp S1021-S1026

Third- and fourth-order parametric characterization of partially coherent beams propagating throughABCD optical systems

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Within the formalism of the Wigner distribution function, third- and fourth-order measurable beam parameters are proposed and their physical meaning is investigated. The general propagation law of such characteristic quantities inABCD optical systems is derived and a number of paramters are shown to be invariant under propagation inABCD devices.