Abstract

We have investigated the dependence of two-point resolution by an aberration-free Gaussian aperture on the real part of the complex degree of coherence. The Sparrow and the modified Rayleigh criteria have been used for the partially coherent optical systems, and a comparison between them has been made. To reveal important information concerning the characteristics of the image, the irradiance distribution from two mutually partially coherent point sources has also been computed.

© 1978 Optical Society of America

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