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  • Editors: Andrew Dunn and Anthony Durkin
  • Vol. 7, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 2012

Criticality in single-distance phase retrieval

Ralf Hofmann, Julian Moosmann, and Tilo Baumbach  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 27, pp. 25881-25890 (2011)

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We investigate why in free-space propagation single-distance phase retrieval based on a modified contrast-transfer function of linearized Fresnel theory yields good results for moderately strong pure-phase objects. Upscaling phase-variations in the exit plane, the growth of maxima of the modulus of the Fourier transformed intensity contrast dominates the minima. Cutting out small regions around the latter thus keeps information loss due to nonlocal, nonlinear effects negligible. This quasiparticle approach breaks down at a critical upscaling where the positions of the minima start to move rapidly. We apply our results to X-ray data of an early-stage Xenopus (frog) embryo.

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OCIS Codes
(100.2960) Image processing : Image analysis
(100.3010) Image processing : Image reconstruction techniques
(100.5070) Image processing : Phase retrieval
(340.7440) X-ray optics : X-ray imaging

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: September 16, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 21, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 26, 2011
Published: December 5, 2011

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Vol. 7, Iss. 2 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Ralf Hofmann, Julian Moosmann, and Tilo Baumbach, "Criticality in single-distance phase retrieval," Opt. Express 19, 25881-25890 (2011)

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