OSA's Digital Library

Applied Optics

Applied Optics


  • Vol. 13, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1974
  • pp: 1100–1109

Quantum Noise in Fresnel Zone Plate Imaging

H. H. Barrett and G. D. DeMeester  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 13, Issue 5, pp. 1100-1109 (1974)

View Full Text Article

Enhanced HTML    Acrobat PDF (1075 KB)

Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools



A Fresnel zone plate, used as a coded aperture, offers a great advantage in geometric collection efficiency over a conventional pinhole or collimator. We present a detailed analysis of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of a quantum-limited zone plate camera. The magnitude and spatial distribution of the noise field and its dependence on the source distribution and the characteristics of the optical processing system are derived. It is shown that the largest SNR advantage occurs for a point source, while for very large, uniform sources there may be a slight net disadvantage to using a zone plate. It is also shown that optical processing does not give the highest possible SNR.

© 1974 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: October 2, 1973
Published: May 1, 1974

H. H. Barrett and G. D. DeMeester, "Quantum Noise in Fresnel Zone Plate Imaging," Appl. Opt. 13, 1100-1109 (1974)

Sort:  Author  |  Year  |  Journal  |  Reset  


  1. N. D. Young, Sky & Telescope 25, 8 (1963).
  2. L. Mertz, N. D. Young, Proc. Int. Conf. Opt. Instrum., London (1961), p. 305.
  3. H. Barrett, J. Nucl. Med. 13, 382 (1972). [PubMed]
  4. W. L. Rogers, K. S. Han, L. W. Jones, W. H. Beierwaltes, J. Nuc. Med. 13, 612 (1972).
  5. H. H. Barrett, G. D. DeMeester, D. T. Wilson, M. H. Farmelant, Medical Radioisotope Scintigraphy 1972 (IAEA, Vienna, 1937, Vol. 1, p. 281.
  6. H. H. Barrett, F. A. Horrigan, Appl. Opt. 12, 2686 (1973). [CrossRef] [PubMed]
  7. J. W. Goodman, in Modern OpticsJ. Fox, Ed. (Polytechnic Press, Brooklyn, 1967), p. 573.
  8. S. O. Rice, Bell Syst. Tech. J. 23, 297 (1944).
  9. S. O. Rice, Bell Syst. Tech. J. 23, 331 (1944).

Cited By

Alert me when this paper is cited

OSA is able to provide readers links to articles that cite this paper by participating in CrossRef's Cited-By Linking service. CrossRef includes content from more than 3000 publishers and societies. In addition to listing OSA journal articles that cite this paper, citing articles from other participating publishers will also be listed.

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited