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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 9 — Apr. 25, 2011
  • pp: 8616–8624

Phase closure retrieval in an infrared-to-visible upconversion interferometer for high resolution astronomical imaging

Damien Ceus, Alessandro Tonello, Ludovic Grossard, Laurent Delage, François Reynaud, Harald Herrmann, and Wolfgang Sohler  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 9, pp. 8616-8624 (2011)

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This paper demonstrates the use of a nonlinear upconversion process to observe an infrared source through a telescope array detecting the interferometric signal in the visible domain. We experimentally demonstrate the possibility to retrieve information on the phase of the object spectrum of an infrared source by using a three-arm upconversion interferometer. We focus our study on the acquisition of phase information of the complex visibility by means of the phase closure technique. In our experimental demonstration, a laboratory binary star with an adjustable photometric ratio is used as a test source. A real time comparison between a standard three-arm interferometer and our new concept using upconversion by sum-frequency generation demonstrates the preservation of phase information which is essential for image reconstruction.

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OCIS Codes
(060.2310) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics
(070.0070) Fourier optics and signal processing : Fourier optics and signal processing
(110.1650) Imaging systems : Coherence imaging
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(160.3730) Materials : Lithium niobate
(350.1260) Other areas of optics : Astronomical optics
(190.4223) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear wave mixing

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: February 22, 2011
Revised Manuscript: March 24, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 24, 2011
Published: April 18, 2011

Damien Ceus, Alessandro Tonello, Ludovic Grossard, Laurent Delage, François Reynaud, Harald Herrmann, and Wolfgang Sohler, "Phase closure retrieval in an infrared-to-visible upconversion interferometer for high resolution astronomical imaging," Opt. Express 19, 8616-8624 (2011)

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