Correlation-induced spectral changes and energy conservation. Academic Article uri icon


  • An energy conservation law is derived for fields generated by random, statistically stationary, scalar sources of any state of coherence. It is shown that correlation-induced spectral changes are in strict agreement with this law and that, basic to the understanding of such changes, is a distinction that must be made between the spectrum of a source and the spectrum of the field that the source generates. This distinction, which is obviously relevant for spectroscopy, does not appear to have been previously recognized. 1996 The American Physical Society.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev A

author list (cited authors)

  • Agarwal, G. S., & Wolf, E.

citation count

  • 9

complete list of authors

  • Agarwal, GS||Wolf, E

publication date

  • November 1996