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High-spatial-frequency optical fields or sources are often encountered when simulating directed energy, active imaging, or remote sensing systems and scenarios. These spatially broadband fields are a challenge in wave optics simulations because the sampling required to represent and then propagate these fields without aliasing is often impractical. To address this, two spatial filtering techniques are presented. The first, called Fresnel spatial filtering, finds a spatially band-limited source that, after propagation, produces the exact observation plane field as the broadband source over a user-specified region of interest. The second, called statistical or quasihomogeneous spatial filtering, finds a spatially band-limited source that, after propagation and over a specified region of interest, yields an observation plane field that is statistically representative of that produced by the original broadband source. The pros and cons of both approaches are discussed in detail. A wave optics simulation of light transiting a ground glass diffuser and then propagating to an observation plane in the near-zone is performed to validate the two filtering approaches.


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