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The Talbot effect: recent advances in classical optics, nonlinear optics, and quantum optics

Jianming Wen, Yong Zhang, and Min Xiao  »View Author Affiliations

Advances in Optics and Photonics, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 83-130 (2013)

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The Talbot effect, also referred to as self-imaging or lensless imaging, is of the phenomena manifested by a periodic repetition of planar field distributions in certain types of wave fields. This phenomenon is finding applications not only in optics, but also in a variety of research fields, such as acoustics, electron microscopy, plasmonics, x ray, and Bose–Einstein condensates. In optics, self-imaging is being explored particularly in image processing, in the production of spatial-frequency filters, and in optical metrology. In this article, we give an overview of recent advances on the effect from classical optics to nonlinear optics and quantum optics. Throughout this review article there is an effort to clearly present the physical aspects of the self-imaging phenomenon. Mathematical formulations are reduced to the indispensable ones. Readers who prefer strict mathematical treatments should resort to the extensive list of references. Despite the rapid progress on the subject, new ideas and applications of Talbot self-imaging are still expected in the future.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(070.6760) Fourier optics and signal processing : Talbot and self-imaging effects
(110.6760) Imaging systems : Talbot and self-imaging effects
(260.1960) Physical optics : Diffraction theory

ToC Category:
Fourier Optics and Signal Processing

Original Manuscript: November 13, 2012
Revised Manuscript: February 25, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 25, 2013
Published: March 29, 2013

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