Abstract

We investigate the temporal coherence of random, pulsed, quasi-stationary scalar light fields and introduce a new type of expansion for the mutual coherence function in terms of fully coherent frequency-shifted quasi-monochromatic modes of identical shape. The mode representation is valid provided the pulse length is shorter and the coherence time is much shorter than the width of the time window in which the field is considered. The construction of the expansion is particularly straightforward since information is required only on the average spectrum and the average temporal intensity. The method enables us to assess the coherence properties of quasi-stationary light by analyzing the behavior of deterministic quasi-monochromatic fields. The frequency-domain counterpart of the representation is also given. The method is illustrated by application to a pulsed free-electron laser source.

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