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Optical Beam Characterization via Phase-Space Tomography

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  • © 2015


  • Nominated as an outstanding PhD thesis by the Universidad
  • Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Presents strategies for the analysis of symmetric and asymmetric partially coherent beams
  • Provides a comprehensive explanation of phase-space tomography, including theory, simulation and experiments
  • Includes the Matlab code used for experiments
  • Includes supplementary material:

Part of the book series: Springer Theses (Springer Theses)

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Table of contents (6 chapters)


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.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Departamento de Óptica, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

    Alejandro Cámara

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Optical Beam Characterization via Phase-Space Tomography

  • Authors: Alejandro Cámara

  • Series Title: Springer Theses

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Physics and Astronomy, Physics and Astronomy (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-19979-5Published: 27 July 2015

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-36987-7Published: 15 October 2016

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-19980-1Published: 18 July 2015

  • Series ISSN: 2190-5053

  • Series E-ISSN: 2190-5061

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 114

  • Number of Illustrations: 31 b/w illustrations, 27 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Classical Electrodynamics, Optics, Lasers, Photonics, Optical Devices, Spectroscopy and Microscopy

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