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Spatial coherence characterization of light: An experimental study using digital micromirror devices

T. E. C. Magalhães, J. M. Rebordão, A. Cabral

We present spatial coherence measurements of partially coherent light in the far-field of incoherent sources with an experimental setup based on the Thompson–Wolf and Partanen–Turunen–Tervo experiments, to be performed in the context of a possible solar coherence measurement space instrument. The optical setup consists of a telescope to collimate light from a source, to diffract it by a digital micromirror device implementing a Young double-aperture interferometer in retroreflection mode, and finally to image the source into a two-dimensional sensor. Two multimode optical fibers with different diameters were used as incoherent sources and the results obtained for the spectral degree of coherence are compared to those expected from the van Cittert–Zernike theorem.

Spatial coherence; Spatial light modulators; Statistical optics

Optics Express
Volume 226, Number 1660
2021 January

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Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa Universidade do Porto Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra
Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia COMPETE 2020 PORTUGAL 2020 União Europeia