Modeling Random Screens for Predefined Electromagnetic Gaussian-Schell Model Sources

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In a previous paper [Opt. Express 22, 31691 (2014)] two different wave optics methodologies (phase screen and complex screen) were introduced to generate electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model sources. A numerical optimization approach based on theoretical realizability conditions was used to determine the screen parameters. In this work we describe a practical modeling approach for the two methodologies that employs a common numerical recipe for generating correlated Gaussian random sequences and establish exact relationships between the screen simulation parameters and the source parameters. Both methodologies are demonstrated in a wave-optics simulation framework for an example source. The two methodologies are found to have some differing features, for example, the phase screen method is more flexible than the complex screen in terms of the range of combinations of beam parameter values that can be modeled. This work supports numerical wave optics simulations or laboratory experiments involving electromagnetic Gaussian Schell-model sources.


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Optics Express