Wave Coherence

  • Winston E. Kock
Part of the Optical Physics and Engineering book series (OPEG)


In the preceding chapter the light waves discussed were referred to as single-wavelength or, what is the same thing, single-frequency waves. Waves which have this single-frequency property are said to have good frequency coherence. Light from a laser (particularly a gas laser) is said to exhibit an extremely high degree of frequency coherence. Because of the importance of wave coherence in holography, let us examine what the term coherence means.


Sound Wave Light Wave Spatial Coherence Frequency Stability Preceding Chapter 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • Winston E. Kock
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  1. 1.The Herman Schneider Laboratory of Basic and Applied Science ResearchUniversity of CincinnatiCincinnatiUSA

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