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  • Editor: Alan E. Willner
  • Vol. 38, Iss. 23 — Dec. 1, 2013
  • pp: 5157–5160

Single-shot visualization of evolving, light-speed structures by multiobject-plane phase-contrast imaging

Zhengyan Li, Chih-Hao Pai, Yen-Yu Chang, Rafal Zgadzaj, Xiaoming Wang, and M. C. Downer  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 38, Issue 23, pp. 5157-5160 (2013)

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We demonstrate a single-shot method of visualizing the evolution of light-speed, laser-generated structures as they propagate over hundreds of Rayleigh lengths (typically 10cm) through a tenuous medium. An ultrashort probe pulse crosses the object’s path at a small angle (θ<5°) and a specific time delay. Copies of the phase-modulated probe are then relay-imaged to separate detectors from selected object planes along the propagation path. A phase-contrast technique based on Kerr effect and nonlinear absorption converts phase to intensity modulation, improving sensitivity in tenuous media. A continuous record of the probe phase modulation along the propagation path is reconstructed.

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OCIS Codes
(100.0118) Image processing : Imaging ultrafast phenomena
(280.5395) Remote sensing and sensors : Plasma diagnostics

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: September 5, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: October 23, 2013
Published: November 27, 2013

Zhengyan Li, Chih-Hao Pai, Yen-Yu Chang, Rafal Zgadzaj, Xiaoming Wang, and M. C. Downer, "Single-shot visualization of evolving, light-speed structures by multiobject-plane phase-contrast imaging," Opt. Lett. 38, 5157-5160 (2013)

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