Abstract

My purpose here is to outline a method for calculating the fundamental behavior of speckle patterns in imaging systems. The theory of speckle displacement and decorrelation to include imaging at a general oblique angle is extended to more imaging systems, and explicit formulas are given for the image-point–object-point relationship that is important when defocused speckle is used. The intermediate results can be reused for optical systems other than those presented here. The image-speckle displacement analyzed in the three systems is expressed equivalently. The speckle decorrelation is in general larger in a single-lens system than in a two-lens system and can be minimized by proper design of the system.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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