J. Phys. III France
Volume 3, Numéro 7, July 1993
Page(s) 1413 - 1433
DOI: 10.1051/jp3:1993209
J. Phys. III France 3 (1993) 1413-1433

Coherence modulation and correlation of stochastic light fields

Jean-Pierre Goedgebuer, Henri Porte and Pascal Mollier

Laboratoire Optique P. M. Duffieux, URA CNRS 214, Faculté des Sciences, Université de Franche-Comté, 25030 Besançon Cedex, France

(Received 10 December 1992, accepted 5 April 1993)

We give an overview of the physical principles of coherence modulation of light that are discussed in terms of correlation of stochastic light fields such as those emitted by broadband sources. Multiplexing properties of this method are also considered in the frame of two system topologies, the series and parallel configurations, with emphasis put on source of noise inherent to coherence modulation. Applications are also reviewed in optical telecommunications, optical sensing, integrated optics and optical computing.

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