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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 22 — Oct. 24, 2011
  • pp: 22004–22023

Photorefractive two-wave mixing for image amplification in digital holography

Nektarios Koukourakis, Tarek Abdelwahab, Ming Yuan Li, Henning Höpfner, Yiu Wai Lai, Emmanouil Darakis, Carsten Brenner, Nils C. Gerhardt, and Martin R. Hofmann  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 22, pp. 22004-22023 (2011)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.19.022004


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Abstract

We use photorefractive two-wave mixing for coherent amplification of the object beam in digital holographic recording. Both amplitude and phase reconstruction benefit from the prior amplification as they have an increased SNR. We experimentally verify that the amplification process does not affect the phase of the wavefield. This allows for digital holographic phase analysis after amplification. As the grating formation in photorefractive crystals is just driven by coherent light, the crystal works as a coherence gate. Thus the proposed combination allows for applying digital holography for imaging through scattering media, after the image bearing light is coherence gated and filtered out of scattered background. We show experimental proof-of principle results.

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OCIS Codes
(090.0090) Holography : Holography
(110.1650) Imaging systems : Coherence imaging
(190.5330) Nonlinear optics : Photorefractive optics
(190.7070) Nonlinear optics : Two-wave mixing
(090.1995) Holography : Digital holography

ToC Category:
Holography

History
Original Manuscript: September 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 12, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 13, 2011
Published: October 21, 2011

Citation
Nektarios Koukourakis, Tarek Abdelwahab, Ming Yuan Li, Henning Höpfner, Yiu Wai Lai, Emmanouil Darakis, Carsten Brenner, Nils C. Gerhardt, and Martin R. Hofmann, "Photorefractive two-wave mixing for image amplification in digital holography," Opt. Express 19, 22004-22023 (2011)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-19-22-22004


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