Winter, Rolf G. Formerly, Department of Physics, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia.
Steinberg, Aephraim M. Department of Physics, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Attwood, David Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, California.
Last reviewed:January 2020
- Coherence of two beams
- Coherence of a single beam
- Quantitative definitions
- Photon statistics
- van Cittert-Zernike theorem
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The attribute of two or more waves, or parts of a wave, whose relative phase is nearly constant during the resolving time of the observer. The concept has been developed most extensively in optics, but is applicable to all wave phenomena.
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