Linear combinations of the complex degrees of coherence

Zhangrong Mei, Olga Korotkova

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We propose a method for structuring the spatial coherence state of light via mixed linear combinations of N complex degrees of coherence (CDC) and specify the conditions under which such combinations represent a valid CDC. Several examples demonstrate that this method opens previ-ously unknown avenues for modeling random sources, radiating to light fields with unique features.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number146
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Complex degree of coherence
  • Far-field spectral density
  • Mixed linear combination
  • Spatial coherence state

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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