• Werner Lauterborn
  • Thomas Kurz
  • Martin Wiesenfeldt


When laser light strikes a white wall or just some surface in space, a speckle pattern is observed. An example is given in Fig. 6.1. As a similar phenomenon is not observed with incandescent light or light from a spectral lamp, it must be a special property of laser light. Indeed, it is the special coherence properties of laser light that lead to the appearance of speckle patterns.


Particle Image Velocimetry Speckle Pattern Binary Star Laser Doppler Anemometry Photographic Plate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Werner Lauterborn
    • 1
  • Thomas Kurz
    • 1
  • Martin Wiesenfeldt
    • 1
  1. 1.Drittes Physikalisches InstitutUniversität GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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