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  • Vol. 68, Iss. 10 — Oct. 1, 1978
  • pp: 1352–1354

On the uniqueness question in the problem of phase retrieval from intensity measurements

A. J. Devaney and R. Chidlaw  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 68, Issue 10, pp. 1352-1354 (1978)

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The treatment of the problem of deducing the phase of an optical wavefield from image- and diffraction-plane intensity measurements recently presented by Robinson [J. Opt. Soc. Am 68, 87–92 (1968)] is shown to be valid only in the limit of geometrical optics. A simple proof and example of the nonuniqueness of the phase retrieval problem in this limit is presented. It is argued that although the phase retrieval is not unique in the geometrical optics limit it does appear to possess a unique solution within the framework of the diffraction theory of image formation.

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A. J. Devaney and R. Chidlaw, "On the uniqueness question in the problem of phase retrieval from intensity measurements," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 1352-1354 (1978)

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  1. Stanley R. Robinson, "On the problem of phase from intensity measurements," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 68, 87–92 (1978).
  2. E. L. O'Neill and A. Walther, "The question of phase in image formation," Opt. Acta 10, 33–40 (1963).
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  9. A. J. Devaney, R. A. Gonsalves, and R.Chidlaw, "Application of phase retrieval techniques to adaptive imaging systems," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, 1422 (1977).
  10. W. H. Southwell, "Wave-front analyzer using a maximum likelihood algorithm," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 67, 396–399 (1977).
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  14. W. J. Dallas, "Digital computation of image complex amplitude from image- and diffraction-intensity: an alternative to holography," Optik 41, 45–59 (1975).
  15. R. A. Gonsalves, "Phase retrieval from modulus data," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 56, 961–964 (1976).
  16. J. S. Lomont and H. E. Moses, "The assignment of wave function to energy densities and probability densities," Nuovo Cimento 30, 1291–1297 (1963).
  17. See, for example, Sec II of John B. DeVelis, "Comparison of methods for image evaluation," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 55, 165–174 (1965) or Section 3 of K. Miyamoto, "Wave optics and geometrical optics in optical design" in Progress in Optics, edited by E. Wolf (North-Holland, Amsterdam, 1961) Vol. I, pp 33–66.
  18. N. G. van Kampen, "An asymptotic treatment of diffraction problems," Physica 14, 575–589 (1949).
  19. That the approximation obtained by Robinson and given in Eq. (2) λ follows at once when it is realized that the argument ƒ of ψ(·) is a "reduced coordinate" and is related to the position coordinate x′ over the image plane via the equation ƒ = x′/(λƒo). If one makes use of the above expression to change the variable of integration in Eq. (1) from ƒ to x′ one finds that the phase of the integrand is proportional to 1/λ from which it follows that the method of stationary phase yields an asymptotic expansion of U(x) valid for small λ.
  20. F. Zernike, "Diffraction and optical image formation," Proc. Phys. Soc. 61, 158–164 (1947).
  21. E. Wolf, "The diffraction theory of aberrations," Rep. Progr. Phys. 14, 95–120 (1951).
  22. See, for example, the article by Miyamoto quoted in Ref. 18. A more comprehensive treatment of the material contained in this article is presented in: K.Miyamoto, "On a comparison between wave optics and geometric optics by using Fourier analysis": Part I. "General theory", J. Opt. Soc. Am. 48, 57–63 (1958); Part II, "Astigmatism, Coma, Spherical aberration", ibid. 48, 567–575 (1958); Part III. "Image evaluation by spot diagram," ibid 49, 35–40 (1959).
  23. The expression for the geometrical optics OTF as given in Eq. (7) is formally identical to the so-called image-motion transfer function which characterizes photographic image motion. The example presented in Fig. 1 was constructed by J. D. Finley, T. N. Morrissey, and A. M. Silvestri in the unpublished paper "Structure functions and transfer functions in photographic image motion" to demonstrate the nonuniqueness in the problem of deducing image motion from an image-motion transfer function.

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