The original Talbot experiment in white light has been reconstituted, using an amplitude grating made of thin slits and a colour CCD camera and a model has been developed to describe the field diffracted by the grating illuminated in polychromatic light with a known spectral density. Above the historical interest of this study, the possibility of applying this effect to make spectral measurements is explored and a new concept of Talbot spectrometer is proposed.
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