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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 25 — Dec. 16, 2013
  • pp: 30460–30473

The influence of non-imaging detector design on heralded ghost-imaging and ghost-diffraction examined using a triggered ICCD camera

D. S. Tasca, R. S. Aspden, P. A. Morris, G. Anderson, R. W. Boyd, and M. J. Padgett  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 25, pp. 30460-30473 (2013)

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Ghost imaging and ghost diffraction can be realized by using the spatial correlations between signal and idler photons produced by spontaneous parametric down-conversion. If an object is placed in the signal (idler) path, the spatial correlations between the transmitted photons as measured by a single, non-imaging, “bucket” detector and a scanning detector placed in the idler (signal) path can reveal either the image or diffraction pattern of the object, whereas neither detector signal on its own can. The details of the bucket detector, such as its collection area and numerical aperture, set the number of transverse modes supported by the system. For ghost imaging these details are less important, affecting mostly the sampling time required to produce the image. For ghost diffraction, however, the bucket detector must be filtered to a single, spatially coherent mode. We examine this difference in behavour by using either a multi-mode or single-mode fibre to define the detection aperture. Furthermore, instead of a scanning detector we use a heralded camera so that the image or diffraction pattern produced can be measured across the full field of view. The importance of a single mode detection in the observation of ghost diffraction is equivalent to the need within a classical diffraction experiment to illuminate the aperture with a spatially coherent mode.

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OCIS Codes
(030.5260) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon counting
(040.1490) Detectors : Cameras
(190.4420) Nonlinear optics : Nonlinear optics, transverse effects in
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics

ToC Category:
Coherence and Statistical Optics

Original Manuscript: September 23, 2013
Revised Manuscript: November 4, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: November 4, 2013
Published: December 4, 2013

D. S. Tasca, R. S. Aspden, P. A. Morris, G. Anderson, R. W. Boyd, and M. J. Padgett, "The influence of non-imaging detector design on heralded ghost-imaging and ghost-diffraction examined using a triggered ICCD camera," Opt. Express 21, 30460-30473 (2013)

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