Spectral Changes in Focused Partially Coherent Wave Fields

  • T. D. Visser
  • E. Wolf
Conference paper


When light is focused, there are several mechanisms which may cause spectral changes. Among them are diffraction, the state of coherence of the light [1], and propagation through a linear time-invariant system [2]. The focusing configuration is depicted in Fig. 1, it being assumed that fa ≫ λ. The cross-spectral density function of a field U (0) of arbitrary state of coherence on a reference sphere [3] is given by the expression [4, Sec.4.3.2]
$$ {{W}^{{\left( 0 \right)}}}\left( {{{Q}_{1}},{{Q}_{2}},v} \right) = {{W}^{{\left( 0 \right)}}}\left( {{{\rho }_{1}},{{\rho }_{2}},v} \right) = \left\langle {{{U}^{{\left( 0 \right)*}}}\left( {{{\rho }_{1}},v} \right){{U}^{{\left( 0 \right)}}}\left( {{{\rho }_{2}},v} \right)} \right\rangle . $$


Observation Point Spectral Change Spectral Intensity Modify Bessel Function Arbitrary State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. D. Visser
    • 1
  • E. Wolf
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Physics and AstronomyFree UniversityAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Dept. of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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