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Optical Beam Characterization via Phase-Space Tomography


Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Alejandro Cámara
    Pages 1-27
  3. Alejandro Cámara
    Pages 29-46
  4. Alejandro Cámara
    Pages 59-79
  5. Alejandro Cámara
    Pages 81-107
  6. Alejandro Cámara
    Pages 109-112
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 113-114

About this book


This thesis focuses on the fundamental problem of characterising partially coherent beams. The book describes several non-interferometric methods based on phase-space tomography for recovering the spatial coherence information of optical beams.
In the context of optical beams, partially coherent light provides numerous advantages over coherent light. From microscopy to optical communications, there are many disciplines that benefit from using partially coherent beams. However, their range of applications currently remains limited due to the complexity of extracting information. In addition to providing a feasible experimental solution for the general case, the book explores several situations in which beam symmetries are exploited to simplify the information extraction process. Each characterisation method is accompanied by a corresponding theoretical explanation and a thorough description of experimental examples.


Analysis of partially coherent light Beam symmetry and information extraction Characterizating rotationally symmetric beam Coherence recovery of separable beams Measuring optical spatial coherence Nature of phase-space tomography Radon-Wigner display Radon-Wigner transform Recovery of mutual intensity of light

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de ÓpticaComplutense University of MadridMadridSpain

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