The importance of coherence in inverse problems in optics


  • H. A. Ferwerda,

  • H. P. Baltes,

  • A. S. Glass,

  • B. Steinle


A summary of current inverse problems of statistical optics is presented together with a short guide to the pertinent review-type literature. The retrieval of structural information from the far-zone degree of coherence and the (time-averaged) intensity distribution of radiation scattered by a superposition of random and periodic scatterers is discussed.