Abstract

A flexible pseudo-mode sampling superposition method for synthesizing partially coherent sources has been introduced that can be thought of as an approximate discrete representation of Gori’s nonnegative definiteness criterion for designing spatial correlation functions. Importantly, without performing formidable mode analysis, this method enables us to develop a convenient and efficient experimental technology to customize partially coherent sources without sacrificing theoretical accuracy. As an example, we experimentally generate a new, to the best of our knowledge, class of nontrivial pseudo-Schell model sources recently proposed by de Sande et al. Our approach opens up a useful avenue for manipulating nontrivial partially coherent beams and promotes applications for optical tweezers and photolithography.

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