Accession Number:

ADA001761

Title:

Coherence Effects in the Detection of Weak Light Signals.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Jul-30 Sep 74,

Corporate Author:

ROCHESTER UNIV N Y DEPT OF PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1974-10-01

Pagination or Media Count:

11.0

Abstract:

This final report describes research carried out on the problem of detecting a weak light beam by the heterodyne method, and on the phase retrieval problem. It has been shown that Siegmans antenna theorem does not provide the principal limitation on the detectability of a weak light signal, and that, in general, there exists an optimum detector size that depends on the orientation of the detector. On the basis of this conclusion, it is suggested that a search for an unknown light signal be conducted with a detector of variable aperture. With the help of certain analytic properties of optical wave functions, it has been shown that the phase distribution of an optical image can be derived from measurements of the light intensity distribution.

Subject Categories:

  • Optical Detection and Detectors
  • Optics
  • Non-Radio Communications

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE