Abstract

In this paper it is shown that the system transfer function for a cascaded set of optical elements utilizing partially coherent quasimonochromatic radiation is the autoconvolution of an “effective aperture function.” This distribution function is shown to be the product of the aperture distribution functions for each of the cascaded elements of the system. The limiting cases for coherent and incoherent radiation are examined and discussed with respect to their experimental significance.

© 1967 Optical Society of America

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