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Wigner Distribution Moments Measured as Intensity Moments in Separable First-Order Optical Systems

EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing20052005:681520

  • Received: 31 March 2004
  • Published:


It is shown how all global Wigner distribution moments of arbitrary order can be measured as intensity moments in the output plane of an appropriate number of separable first-order optical systems (generally anamorphic ones). The minimum number of such systems that are needed for the determination of these moments is derived.

Keywords and phrases

  • Wigner distribution moments
  • beam characterization
  • first-order optical systems

Authors’ Affiliations

Faculteit Elektrotechniek, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Postbus 513, Eindhoven, 5600 MB, The Netherlands
Facultad de Ciencias Físicas, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Ciudad Universitaria s/n, Madrid, 28040, Spain


© M. J. Bastiaans and T. Alieva 2005

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