Third- and fourth-order parametric characterization of partially coherent beams propagating throughABCD optical systems
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- Martínez-Herrero, R., Mejías, P.M., Sánchez, M. et al. Opt Quant Electron (1992) 24: S1021. doi:10.1007/BF01588603
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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.