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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 5 — Feb. 27, 2012
  • pp: 5470–5480

Quantitative single-shot imaging of complex objects using phase retrieval with a designed periphery

Alexander Jesacher, Walter Harm, Stefan Bernet, and Monika Ritsch-Marte  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 5, pp. 5470-5480 (2012)

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Measuring transmission and optical thickness of an object with a single intensity recording is desired in many fields of imaging research. One possibility to achieve this is to employ phase retrieval algorithms. We propose a method to significantly improve the performance of such algorithms in optical imaging. The method relies on introducing a specially designed phase object into the specimen plane during the image recording, which serves as a constraint in the subsequent phase retrieval algorithm. This leads to faster algorithm convergence and improved final accuracy. Quantitative imaging can be performed by a single recording of the resulting diffraction pattern in the camera plane, without using lenses or other optical elements. The method allows effective suppression of the “twin-image”, an artefact that appears when holograms are read out. Results from numerical simulations and experiments confirm a high accuracy which can be comparable to that of phase-stepping interferometry.

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OCIS Codes
(100.5070) Image processing : Phase retrieval
(110.6150) Imaging systems : Speckle imaging
(090.1995) Holography : Digital holography

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: January 4, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: February 7, 2012
Published: February 21, 2012

Alexander Jesacher, Walter Harm, Stefan Bernet, and Monika Ritsch-Marte, "Quantitative single-shot imaging of complex objects using phase retrieval with a designed periphery," Opt. Express 20, 5470-5480 (2012)

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