Abstract

The linear canonical transform (LCT) is the name of a parameterized continuum of transforms that include, as particular cases, many widely used transforms in optics such as the Fourier transform, fractional Fourier transform, and Fresnel transform. It provides a generalized mathematical tool for representing the response of any first-order optical system in a simple and insightful way. In this work we present four uncertainty relations between LCT pairs and discuss their implications in some common optical systems.

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