Abstract

The phase-space representation of interference based on the marginal power spectrum gives new insight on interference, enlarging its potential applications by means of the principle of spatial coherence modulation. Carrier and (0,π)-rays produced by three different types of supports are introduced for describing interference as the result of adding the radiant energy propagated by the carriers and the modulating energy (which can be positive or negative) propagated by the (0,π)-rays. Numerical examples are presented.

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