Abstract

The state of the art modern branch of optics and photonics now referred to as correlation optics is discussed in connection with both its origins and promising prospects. We use here the term “correlation” not only as a synonym of the term “coherence,” but also for emphasizing the necessity of taking into account fine, sometimes enigmatic, phase relations among the components of complex optical fields, even if such fields are conventionally defined as completely coherent. Selection of topics for this brief review of correlation optics outlooks was not dictated by intention of comprehensive representation of this field of research, but rather by the scientific interests of the authors, ranging from classical theory of diffraction, holography, and light-scattering to modern singular optics.

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