Correlations in interference and diffraction

1998 Journal of Modern Optics  
Quantum formalism of Fraunhofer diffraction is obtained. The state of the diffraction optical field is connected with the state of the incident optical field by a diffraction factor. Based on this formalism, correlations of the diffraction modes are calculated with different kinds of incident optical fields. Influence of correlations of the incident modes on the diffraction pattern is analyzed and an explanation of the "ghost" diffraction is proposed. PACS numbers:42.50.-p, 03.65.-w, 42.25.Fx
doi:10.1080/095003498152176 fatcat:fyu6g4ic6rbzrknvemfb6ffjeu