Coherence properties of sunlight. Academic Article uri icon


  • The coherence properties of sunlight were first studied by Verdet around 1869 and were later examined by other scientists. However, all the previous calculations assumed that the Earth is in the far zone of the Sun, an assumption that is incorrect. An investigation of why Verdet's result is nevertheless correct reveals a surprising property of radiation from incoherent sources.

published proceedings

  • Opt Lett

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Agarwal, G. S., Gbur, G., & Wolf, E.

citation count

  • 47

complete list of authors

  • Agarwal, Girish S||Gbur, Greg||Wolf, Emil

publication date

  • March 2004