The van Cittert-Zernike theorem in atom optics

B. Taylor, K. J. Schernthanner, G. Lenz, P. Meystre

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The van Cittert-Zernike theorem of classical optics is generalized to the situation of matter-wave optics. Applying a Green's function method the first- and second-order correlation functions of the matter field emitted from an incoherent source are calculated, and the results are compared to the case of electromagnetic waves.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)569-575
Number of pages7
JournalOptics Communications
Issue number5-6
StatePublished - Sep 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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