Abstract

It is proved that, when the vector modal theory of coherence is applied to a pair of fixed points, exact results are obtained for the mode structure. In particular, it is shown that the field radiated by the pinholes of a Young interferometer can always be represented by the incoherent superposition of no more than four perfectly correlated and polarized modes. The role of such modes is illustrated through a simple example.

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