Abstract

We consider the spatiotemporal behavior of coherent and partially coherent, pulsed, few-mode optical systems. It is shown that there is some set of orthogonal space–time pulses at the input reference surface that maps in one-to-one correspondence with some set of orthogonal space–time pulses at the output reference surface; we call these pulses eigenfields. The spectrum of the coupling coefficients determines the amount of information that can be transmitted within a given period of time. The eigenfields are unique for a given system and can be used to propagate a field that is in any state of spatial and temporal coherence. They can also be used to account for the spatial and temporal coherence of internally generated noise and to calculate the powers, fluctuations, and correlations that would be recorded by multimode detectors. Our technique is ideal for modeling the behavior of pulsed imaging arrays and interferometers.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

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