Coherence holography capable of real-time recording and reconstruction is proposed and experimentally demonstrated with a generic Leith-type coherence hologram. The coherence hologram is optically generated in real-time using a Mach-Zehnder interferometer and reconstructed using a Sagnac radial shearing interferometer. With this method one can create an optical field distribution with a desired spatial coherence function, and visualize the coherence function in real-time as the contrast and phase variations in an interference fringe pattern. The reconstructed image of the complex coherence function has been quantified with the Fourier transform method of fringe-pattern analysis.
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