Coherence Theory

Authored by: William H. Carter

Encyclopedia of Optical and Photonic Engineering

Print publication date:  September  2015
Online publication date:  September  2015

Print ISBN: 9781439850978
eBook ISBN: 9781351247184
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-EOE2-120009673

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Abstract

All light sources produce fields that vary in time with highly complicated and irregular waveforms. Generally, this waveform is not precisely known. Classical coherence theory is a mathematical model that describes the effects of this unknown waveform on the observed measurement of time-averaged intensity. Classical coherence theory can deal very well with almost all currently known optical coherence phenomena.

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