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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 17, Iss. 23 — Nov. 9, 2009
  • pp: 20966–20974

Realization of optical carpets in the Talbot and Talbot-Lau configurations

William B. Case, Mathias Tomandl, Sarayut Deachapunya, and Markus Arndt  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 17, Issue 23, pp. 20966-20974 (2009)

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Talbot and Talbot-Lau effects are frequently used in lensless imaging applications with light, ultrasound, x-rays, atoms and molecules – generally in situations where refractive optical elements are non-existent or not suitable. We here show an experimental visualization of the intriguing wave patterns that are associated with near-field interferometry behind a single periodic diffraction grating under plane wave illumination and which are often referred to as Talbot carpets or quantum carpets. We also show the patterns behind two separated diffraction gratings under nearly-monochromatic but spatially incoherent illumination that illustrate the nature of Talbot-Lau carpets.

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OCIS Codes
(000.2060) General : Education
(050.1940) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction
(100.3175) Image processing : Interferometric imaging

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: September 10, 2009
Revised Manuscript: October 16, 2009
Manuscript Accepted: October 28, 2009
Published: November 2, 2009

William B. Case, Mathias Tomandl, Sarayut Deachapunya, and Markus Arndt, "Realization of optical carpets in the Talbot and Talbot-Lau configurations," Opt. Express 17, 20966-20974 (2009)

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