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Optical Beating of Polychromatic Light and Its Impact on Time-Resolved Spectroscopy. Part I: Theory

Volume 62, Number 2 (Feb. 2008) Page 220-229

Walewski, Joachim W.; Filipa, Jonathan A.; Sanders, Scott T.


Optical beating of polychromatic light is reviewed and its potential impact on time-resolved spectroscopy is analyzed. In particular, the dependence of the quasi-random beating of thermal light on quantities including average power, spectral shape, and spectral width are reviewed.