Flexible and fast control of the phase and amplitude of coherent light, enabled by digital micromirror devices (DMDs) and spatial light modulators (SLMs), has been a driving force for recent advances in optical tweezers, nonlinear microscopy, and wavefront shaping. In contrast, engineering spatially partially coherent light remains widely elusive due to the lack of tools enabling a joint analysis and control sequence. Here, we report an approach to coherence engineering that combines a quasi-monochromatic, thermal source and a DMD together with a ptychographic scanning microscope. The reported method opens up new routes to low-cost coherence control, with applications in micromanipulation, nanophotonics, and quantitative phase contrast imaging.

General Physics and Astronomy
New J. Phys.
Resonant Nanophotonics

Röhrich, R, Koenderink, A.F, Witte, S, & Loetgering, L. (2021). Spatial coherence control and analysis via micromirror-based mixed-state ptychography. New J. Phys.. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/abf389