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Pencils of rays in wave optics

Authors
  • Mukunda, N.
  • Sudarshan, G.
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1979
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0375-9601(79)90530-9
OAI: oai:inspirehep.net:151494
Source
INSPIRE-HEP
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Abstract

Every partially coherent field of illumination may be associated with a collection of generalized pencils of rays which, in turn, furnish a representation of the wave field. The hybrid Wolf function which represents the radiant energy of a thin pencil is shown to be a real, but not necessarily positive definite quantity. Such generalized pencils are used to represent certain familiar interferograms and recognize elementary results.

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