Abstract

The intensity distribution in the Fraunhofer diffraction patterns of slit and circular apertures illuminated with partially coherent light is examined both theoretically and experimentally. It is shown that a detailed knowledge of the mutual coherence function across the diffracting aperture is required to describe fully the diffraction phenomena.

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  1. G. B. Parrent, Jr., and T. J. Skinner, Opt. Acta 8, 93 (1961).
  2. E. Wolf, Proc. Roy. Soc. (London) A225, 96 (1954).
  3. R. A. Shore, Proceedings of Symposium on Electromagnetic Theory and Antennas, Copenhagen, Denmark (Pergamon Press, London, June, 1962), p. 787.
  4. J. Bakos and K. Kantor, Nuovo Cimento 22, 519 (1961).
  5. W. T. Cathey, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1406A (1964).
  6. B. J. Thompson, International Commission for Optics Meeting on Interference and Coherence, Sydney, Australia (August 1964).
  7. B. J. Thompson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1406A (1964).
  8. The equation is written out in full here since Eq. (42) of Ref. 1 contains some typographical errors.
  9. A. C. Schell, Ph.D. thesis, MIT (1961).
  10. This quantity is defined more exactly later in terms of the experimental parameters.

Bakos, J.

J. Bakos and K. Kantor, Nuovo Cimento 22, 519 (1961).

Cathey, W. T.

W. T. Cathey, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1406A (1964).

Kantor, K.

J. Bakos and K. Kantor, Nuovo Cimento 22, 519 (1961).

Parrent, Jr., G. B.

G. B. Parrent, Jr., and T. J. Skinner, Opt. Acta 8, 93 (1961).

Schell, A. C.

A. C. Schell, Ph.D. thesis, MIT (1961).

Shore, R. A.

R. A. Shore, Proceedings of Symposium on Electromagnetic Theory and Antennas, Copenhagen, Denmark (Pergamon Press, London, June, 1962), p. 787.

Skinner, T. J.

G. B. Parrent, Jr., and T. J. Skinner, Opt. Acta 8, 93 (1961).

Thompson, B. J.

B. J. Thompson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1406A (1964).

B. J. Thompson, International Commission for Optics Meeting on Interference and Coherence, Sydney, Australia (August 1964).

Wolf, E.

E. Wolf, Proc. Roy. Soc. (London) A225, 96 (1954).

Other

G. B. Parrent, Jr., and T. J. Skinner, Opt. Acta 8, 93 (1961).

E. Wolf, Proc. Roy. Soc. (London) A225, 96 (1954).

R. A. Shore, Proceedings of Symposium on Electromagnetic Theory and Antennas, Copenhagen, Denmark (Pergamon Press, London, June, 1962), p. 787.

J. Bakos and K. Kantor, Nuovo Cimento 22, 519 (1961).

W. T. Cathey, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1406A (1964).

B. J. Thompson, International Commission for Optics Meeting on Interference and Coherence, Sydney, Australia (August 1964).

B. J. Thompson, J. Opt. Soc. Am. 54, 1406A (1964).

The equation is written out in full here since Eq. (42) of Ref. 1 contains some typographical errors.

A. C. Schell, Ph.D. thesis, MIT (1961).

This quantity is defined more exactly later in terms of the experimental parameters.

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