• Werner Lauterborn
  • Thomas Kurz
Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)


In optics, the original sense of the word coherence was attributed to the ability of radiation to produce interference phenomena. Today, the notion of coherence is defined more generally by the correlation properties between quantities of an optical field. Usual interference is the simplest phenomenon revealing correlations between light waves.


Interference Fringe Light Field Harmonic Wave Spatial Coherence Coherence Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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