Coherence waves

Adolf W. Lohmann, David Mendlovic*, Gal Shabtay

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In 1955 Wolf noticed that the mutual coherence function Γ obeys two wave equations [Proc. R. Soc. London 230, 246 (1955)]. The physical optics of this finding is thoroughly presented in Mandel and Wolf’s recent monograph [Optical Coherence and Quantum Optics (Cambridge U. Press, Cambridge, UK 1995)]. We discuss those coherence waves in the spirit of optical signal processing. The term coherence waves is justified if one accepts the following paradigm: A wave is whatever obeys the wave equation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-363
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America A: Optics and Image Science, and Vision
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1999


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