Statistical correlations of the light emitted by a partially coherent source can produce frequency shifts in the spectrum observed in the far field if the correlation function of the emitted radiation does not satisfy a certain scaling law. A Fourier achromat is used to generate a secondary source in which the degree of spectral coherence is independent of wavelength; i.e., it violates the scaling law. The spectrum detected in the far zone of the secondary source is, in general, found to be displaced in frequency and distorted relative to the spectrum measured at the secondary source. The displacement can be toward the higher frequencies or the lower frequencies depending on the direction of observation.
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