We examine coherence properties of small-area, intrinsically stationary statistical pulses propagating in amplifying media in the vicinity of an optical resonance. Any such medium acts as a coherent linear amplifier, amplifying and reshaping the pulse. We show that an initially nearly incoherent Gaussian Schell-model pulse becomes almost fully coherent and its state of coherence becomes nearly uniform across the temporal profile as the pulse propagates into the amplifying medium.
© 2013 Optical Society of America
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