Abstract

The reflection and transmission properties of holographic mirrors (HM's) under partially coherent illumination are investigated with emphasis on the properties of reflected light. The effects of a HM on the spectrum and on the coherence properties of partially coherent incident light are studied. We show that within angular and frequency-selectivity ranges of HM's (where their reflectivities are nearly uniform), the changes in the spectrum and in the coherence properties are negligible. Yet changes are expected when the spectrum of the incident light falls beyond frequency-selectivity ranges of the HM's or when the spectrum of the reflected light is observed beyond the angular-selectivity ranges of the mirrors. We illustrate the results by considering in detail the performance of HM's when the incident light is produced by planar secondary Gaussian Schell-model sources. Some computed curves are presented.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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