Abstract

The conditions for space invariance in coherent and noncoherent optical processors are considered. All linear optical processors are shown to belong to one of two types. The conditions for space invariance are more stringent for noncoherent processors than for coherent processors, so that a system that is linear in coherent light may be nonlinear in noncoherent light. However, any processor that is linear in noncoherent light is also linear in the coherent limit.

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