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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 20 — Jul. 10, 2012
  • pp: 4885–4890

Thermal-light-based ranging using second-order coherence

Jun Zhu, Xiaoxiang Chen, Peng Huang, and Guihua Zeng  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 20, pp. 4885-4890 (2012)

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A novel thermal-light-based ranging scheme utilizing second-order coherence in the time domain is proposed and studied. Such a scheme allows ultrahigh accuracy to be achieved for absolute range measurement. Besides, the scheme has the advantages of high immunity to noise and no measuring dead zone. A proof-of-principle experiment has been done, and the result shows a ±10cm accuracy at a distance of 1 km, which is currently limited by our detectors. The accuracy can be greatly improved to the nanometer scale by using state-of-the-art detectors with an appropriate data processing algorithm.

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OCIS Codes
(120.3940) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Metrology
(270.1670) Quantum optics : Coherent optical effects

ToC Category:
Quantum Optics

Original Manuscript: March 27, 2012
Revised Manuscript: May 24, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: May 30, 2012
Published: July 9, 2012

Jun Zhu, Xiaoxiang Chen, Peng Huang, and Guihua Zeng, "Thermal-light-based ranging using second-order coherence," Appl. Opt. 51, 4885-4890 (2012)

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