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  • Vol. 52, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1962
  • pp: 1123–1128

Reconstructed Wavefronts and Communication Theory

EMMETT N. LEITH and JURIS UPATNIEKS  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 52, Issue 10, pp. 1123-1128 (1962)

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A two-step imaging process discovered by Gabor involves photographing the Fresnel diffraction pattern of an object and using this recorded pattern, called a hologram, to construct an image of this object. Here, the process is described from a communication-theory viewpoint. It is shown that construction of the hologram constitutes a sequence of three well-known operations: a modulation, a frequency dispersion, and a square-law detection. In the reconstruction process, the inverse-frequency-dispersion operation is carried out. The process as normally carried out results in a reconstruction in which the signal-to-noise ratio is unity. Techniques which correct this shortcoming are described and experimentally tested. Generalized holograms are discussed, in which the hologram is other than a Fresnel diffraction pattern.

EMMETT N. LEITH and JURIS UPATNIEKS, "Reconstructed Wavefronts and Communication Theory," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 52, 1123-1128 (1962)

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  1. D. Gabor, Nature 161, 777 (1948); Proc. Roy. Soc. (London) A197, 454 (1949).
  2. L. J. Cutrona, E. N. Leith, C. J. Palermo, L. J. Porcello, Trans. IRE IT-6, 386 (1960).
  3. A discussion of various similar techniques for eliminating the twin image is given by Lohmann, Optica Acta (Paris) 3, 97 (1956). These are likewise developed by use of a communication theory approach.
  4. See reference 2, p. 391.
  5. See reference 3.
  6. The impulse response of the half-plane filter is derived from Hilbert transform relations. For a discussion of Hilbert transforms, see, for example, W. Brown, Analysis of Linear Time-Invariant Systems McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., New York, 1962). As given by Brown, the Hilbert transform of a function s(t) is represented in the frequency domain by a filter which phase-shifts the positive frequencies by, and in the time domain by the convolution integral 1/π∫s(τ)t-τ)-1dτ.

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