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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 13, Iss. 7 — Apr. 4, 2005
  • pp: 2578–2589

Influence of virtual images on the signal-to-noise ratio in digital in-line particle holography

W. D. Koek, N. Bhattacharya, J. J. M. Braat, T. A. Ooms, and J. Westerweel  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 13, Issue 7, pp. 2578-2589 (2005)

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A theoretical analysis describing the dependence of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) on the number of pixels and the number of particles is presented for in-line digital particle holography. The validity of the theory is verified by means of numerical simulation. Based on the theory we present a practical performance benchmark for digital holographic systems. Using this benchmark we improve the performance of an experimental holographic system by a factor three. We demonstrate that the ability to quantitatively analyze the system performance allows for a more systematic way of designing, optimizing, and comparing digital holographic systems.

© 2005 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(090.1760) Holography : Computer holography
(100.2000) Image processing : Digital image processing
(100.3010) Image processing : Image reconstruction techniques
(100.6890) Image processing : Three-dimensional image processing

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Research Papers

Original Manuscript: February 2, 2005
Revised Manuscript: March 21, 2005
Published: April 4, 2005

W. Koek, N. Bhattacharya, J. Braat, T. Ooms, and J. Westerweel, "Influence of virtual images on the signal-to-noise ratio in digital in-line particle holography," Opt. Express 13, 2578-2589 (2005)

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