Abstract

It is demonstrated that the recent assertion of Fante [ J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 2, 2318 ( 1985)] that a rough surface (or a random phase screen) produces the speckle even for a uniform, spatially incoherent light is incorrect. It is shown that that conclusion is a consequence of using the Gaussian approximation to describe fourth-order field moments.

© 1988 Optical Society of America

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