Invariance and noninvariance of the spectra of stochastic electromagnetic beams on propogation

Jixiong Pu, Olga Korotkova, Emil Wolf

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Abstract

It has been known for some time that the spectrum of light may change on propagation, even in free space. The theory of this phenomenon was developed within the framework of scalar theory. We generalize it to electromagnetic beams, generated by planar, secondary, stochastic sources. We also derive an electromagnetic analog of the so-called scaling law. When this law is satisfied the normalized spectrum of the beam is the same throughout the far zone and across the source.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2097-2099
Number of pages3
JournalOptics Letters
Volume31
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 15 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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