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First- and second-order statistics of partially coherent, high-numerical-aperture optical fields

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Abstract

The intensity probability distribution as well as the cross-spectral density of partially coherent optical fields generated through high-numerical-aperture illuminations are analyzed, and novel effects, not apparent in paraxial optical fields, are described. It is shown that the intensity probability distribution significantly differs from what can be expected from a small-angle analysis, and the number of degrees of freedom for the distribution is higher. It is further shown that the cross-spectral density of a high-angle optical field is a function of the coordinate difference along the propagation direction of the field.

© 2008 Optical Society of America

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