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  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 22, Iss. 16 — Aug. 11, 2014
  • pp: 18870–18880

Compressive wavefront sensing with weak values

Gregory A. Howland, Daniel J. Lum, and John C. Howell  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 22, Issue 16, pp. 18870-18880 (2014)

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We demonstrate a wavefront sensor that unites weak measurement and the compressive-sensing, single-pixel camera. Using a high-resolution spatial light modulator (SLM) as a variable waveplate, we weakly couple an optical field’s transverse-position and polarization degrees of freedom. By placing random, binary patterns on the SLM, polarization serves as a meter for directly measuring random projections of the wavefront’s real and imaginary components. Compressive-sensing optimization techniques can then recover the wavefront. We acquire high quality, 256 × 256 pixel images of the wavefront from only 10,000 projections. Photon-counting detectors give sub-picowatt sensitivity.

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OCIS Codes
(010.1080) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Active or adaptive optics
(120.5050) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Phase measurement
(270.0270) Quantum optics : Quantum optics
(110.1758) Imaging systems : Computational imaging

ToC Category:
Imaging Systems

Original Manuscript: May 14, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 15, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: July 20, 2014
Published: July 28, 2014

Gregory A. Howland, Daniel J. Lum, and John C. Howell, "Compressive wavefront sensing with weak values," Opt. Express 22, 18870-18880 (2014)

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