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  • Editor: Stephen A. Burns
  • Vol. 24, Iss. 6 — Jun. 1, 2007
  • pp: 1617–1622

Reduction of speckle in digital holography by discrete Fourier filtering

Jonathan Maycock, Bryan M. Hennelly, John B. McDonald, Yann Frauel, Albertina Castro, Bahram Javidi, and Thomas J. Naughton  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA A, Vol. 24, Issue 6, pp. 1617-1622 (2007)

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We present a digital signal processing technique that reduces the speckle content in reconstructed digital holograms. The method is based on sequential sampling of the discrete Fourier transform of the reconstructed image field. Speckle reduction is achieved at the expense of a reduced intensity and resolution, but this trade-off is shown to be greatly superior to that imposed by the traditional mean and median filtering techniques. In particular, we show that the speckle can be reduced by half with no loss of resolution (according to standard definitions of both metrics).

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OCIS Codes
(030.4280) Coherence and statistical optics : Noise in imaging systems
(030.6140) Coherence and statistical optics : Speckle
(070.2580) Fourier optics and signal processing : Paraxial wave optics
(090.2880) Holography : Holographic interferometry
(100.2000) Image processing : Digital image processing

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: September 21, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: December 8, 2006
Published: May 9, 2007

Jonathan Maycock, Bryan M. Hennelly, John B. McDonald, Yann Frauel, Albertina Castro, Bahram Javidi, and Thomas J. Naughton, "Reduction of speckle in digital holography by discrete Fourier filtering," J. Opt. Soc. Am. A 24, 1617-1622 (2007)

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