Single-shot memory-effect video

Author(s):

Xiaohan Li and Andrew Stevens and Joel A. Greenberg and Michael E. Gehm

Abstract:

“Imaging through opaque scattering media is critically important in applications ranging from biological and astronomical imaging to metrology and security. While the random process of scattering in turbid media produces scattered light that appears uninformative to the human eye, a wealth of information is contained in the signal and can be recovered using computational post-processing techniques. Recent studies have shown that statistical correlations present in the scattered light, known as ‘memory effects’, allow for diffraction-limited imaging through opaque media without detailed knowledge of (or access to) the source or scatterer. However, previous methods require that the object and/or scatterer be static during the measurement. We overcome this limitation by combining traditional memory effect imaging with coded-aperture-based computational imaging techniques, which enables us to realize for the first time single-shot video of arbitrary dynamic scenes through dynamic, opaque media. This has important implications for a wide range of real-world imaging scenarios.”

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Publication: Scientific Reports

Issue/Year/DOI: Scientific Reports 8, Article number: 13402 (2018)
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-31697-8

Experimental demonstration of tunable refractometer based on orbital angular momentum of longitudinally structured light

Author(s):

Dorrah, Ahmed H and Zamboni-Rached, Michel and Mojahedi, Mo

Abstract:

“The index of refraction plays a decisive role in the design and classification of optical materials and devices; therefore, its proper and accurate determination is essential. In most refractive index (RI) sensing schemes, however, there is a trade-off between providing high-resolution measurements and covering a wide range of RIs. We propose and experimentally demonstrate a novel mechanism for sensing the index of refraction of a medium by utilizing the orbital angular momentum (OAM) of structured light. Using a superposition of co-propagating monochromatic higher order Bessel beams with equally spaced longitudinal wavenumbers, in a comb-like setting, we generate nondiffracting rotating light structures in which the orientation of the beam’s intensity profile is sensitive to the RI of the medium (here, a fluid). In principle, the sensitivity of this scheme can exceed ∼ 2700°/RIU with a resolution of ∼ 10-5 RI unit (RIU). Furthermore, we show how the unbounded degrees of freedom associated with OAM can be deployed to offer a wide
dynamic range by generating structured light that evolves into different patterns based on the change in RI. The rotating light structures are generated by a programmable spatial light modulator (SLM). This provides dynamic control over the sensitivity, which
can be tuned to perform coarse or fine measurements of the RI in real time. This, in turn, allows high sensitivity and resolution to be achieved simultaneously over a very wide dynamic range, which is a typical trade-off in all RI sensing schemes. We thus envision that this method will open new directions in refractometry and remote sensing.”

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Publication: Light: Science \& Applications

Issue/Year/DOI: Light: Science & Applications accepted article preview 18 May 2018
DOI: 10.1038/s41377-018-0034-9

Generation of optical vortex array along arbitrary curvilinear arrangement

Author(s):

Lin Li and Chenliang Chang and Xiangzheng Yuan and Caojin Yuan and Shaotong Feng and Shouping Nie and Jianping Ding

Abstract:

“We propose an approach for creating optical vortex array (OVA) arranged along arbitrary curvilinear path, based on the coaxial interference of two width-controllable component curves calculated by modified holographic beam shaping technique. The two component curve beams have different radial dimensions as well as phase gradients along each beam such that the number of phase singularity in the curvilinear arranged optical vortex array (CA-OVA) is freely tunable on demand. Hybrid CA-OVA that comprises of multiple OVA structures along different respective curves is also discussed and demonstrated. Furthermore, we study the conversion of CA-OVA into vector mode that comprises of polarization vortex array with varied polarization state distribution. Both simulation and experimental results prove the performance of the proposed method of generating a complex structured vortex array, which is of significance for potential applications including multiple trapping of micro-sized particles.”

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Publication: Optics Express

Issue/Year/DOI: Optics Express, Vol.26, Issue 8, pp. 9798- 9812 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.009798

Synthesis of light needles with tunable length and nearly constant irradiance.

Author(s):

Martínez-Herrero, Rosario and Maluenda, David and Juvells, Ignasi and Carnicer, Artur

Abstract:

“We introduce a new method for producing optical needles with tunable length and almost constant irradiance based on the evaluation of the on-axis power content of the light distribution at the focal area. According to theoretical considerations, we propose an adaptive modulating continuous function that presents a large derivative and a zero value jump at the entrance pupil of the focusing system. This distribution is displayed on liquid crystal devices using holographic techniques. In this way, a polarized input beam is shaped and subsequently focused using a high numerical aperture (NA) objective lens. As a result, needles with variable length and nearly constant irradiance are produced using conventional optics components. This procedure is experimentally demonstrated obtaining a 53λ-long and 0.8λ-wide needle.”

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Publication: Scientific Reports

Issue/Year/DOI: Scientific Reportsvolume 8, Article number: 2657 (2018)
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018-21007-7

Time multiplexing technique of holographic view and Maxwellian view using a liquid lens in the optical see-through head mounted display

Author(s):

Jin Su Lee and Yoo Kwang Kim and Yong Hyub Won

Abstract:

“We report a liquid lens based optical see-through head mounted display that can simultaneously display both a maxwellian view and a hologram. Holograms are reconstructed by an angular spectrum layer based synthesis method. A hologram and Maxwellian view are simultaneously displayed by focusing the liquid lens from 0 D to 20 D with 60 Hz. The hologram is reconstructed at a position 1.5 m from the eye, and it is confirmed that the Maxwellian view is clear, even if the focus of the eye changes from 50 cm to 1.7 m. In the proposed system, the liquid lens acts as a low-pass filter. Since the PSNR is about 23 dB in the currently used 10 mm diameter liquid lens, the image quality is not adequate. However, we successfully verify the feasibility of our proposed system. In addition, if a large diameter liquid lens of 30 mm or more is applied, excellent image quality of 30 dB or more can be realized.”

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Publication: Opt. Express

Issue/Year/DOI: Opt. Express, Vol. 26, Issue 2, pp. 2149-2159 (2018)
DOI: 10.1364/OE.26.002149

Propagation dynamics of partially coherent crescent-like optical beams in free space and turbulent atmosphere

Author(s):

F. Wang and J. Li and G. Martinez-Piedra and O. Korotkova
Abstract:

“We introduce theoretically and realize experimentally a class of random, wide-sense stationary optical beams with uniform correlations which, on propagation in free space, produce a crescent-like intensity distribution with the maximum at an off-axis position. The crescent’s position of maximum intensity accelerates transversally at intermediate distances, and then exhibits a constant lateral shift further from the axis in the far zone of the source. We also show that on propagation in the isotropic turbulent atmosphere, the crescent beam shifts away from the axis as well, but slower than in free space, with rate depending on the strength of turbulence. These results are of importance for optical systems operating through long-range turbulent channels in which a beam must have a range-dependent tilt, e.g. on travelling around an obstacle.”

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Publication: Optics Express

Issue/Year/DOI: Optics Express Volume 25, Issue 21
DOI: 10.1364/OE.25.026055

Diffraction-free light droplets for axially-resolved volume imaging.

Author(s):

Antonacci, G. and Domenico, G. Di and Silvestri, S. and DelRe, E. and Ruocco, G.

Abstract:

“An ideal direct imaging system entails a method to illuminate on command a single diffraction-limited region in a generally thick and turbid volume. The best approximation to this is the use of large-aperture lenses that focus light into a spot. This strategy fails for regions that are embedded deep into the sample, where diffraction and scattering prevail. Airy beams and Bessel beams are solutions of the Helmholtz Equation that are both non-diffracting and self-healing, features that make them naturally able to outdo the effects of distance into the volume but intrinsically do not allow resolution along the propagation axis. Here, we demonstrate diffraction-free self-healing three-dimensional monochromatic light spots able to penetrate deep into the volume of a sample, resist against deflection in turbid environments, and offer axial resolution comparable to that of Gaussian beams. The fields, formed from coherent mixtures of Bessel beams, manifest a more than ten-fold increase in their undistorted penetration, even in turbid milk solutions, compared to diffraction-limited beams. In a fluorescence imaging scheme, we find a ten-fold increase in image contrast compared to diffraction-limited illuminations, and a constant axial resolution even after four Rayleigh lengths. Results pave the way to new opportunities in three-dimensional microscopy.”

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Publication: Scientific Reports

Issue/Year/DOI: Scientific Reports volume 7, Article number: 17 (2017)
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-00042-w

Characterization, design, and optimization of a two-pass twisted nematic liquid crystal spatial light modulator system for arbitrary complex modulation

Author(s):

A. J. Macfaden and T. D. Wilkinson

Abstract:

“Arbitrary two-dimensional complex modulation of an optical field is a powerful tool for coherent optical systems. No single spatial light modulator (SLM) offers true arbitrary complex modulation, but they can be combined in order to achieve this. In this work, two sides of a twisted nematic (TN) liquid crystal SLM are used sequentially to implement different arbitrary modulation schemes. In order to fully explore and exploit the rich modulation behavior offered by a TN device, a generalized Jones matrix approach is used. A method for in situ characterization of the SLM inside the two-pass system is demonstrated, where each side of the SLM is independently characterized. This characterization data is then used to design appropriate polarizer configurations to implement arbitrary complex modulation schemes (albeit without 100\% efficiency). Finally, an in situ optimization technique that corrects states by applying a translation in the complex plane is demonstrated. This technique can correct both for variations across the SLM and bulk changes in the SLM behavior due to the changing temperature.”

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Publication: Journal of the Optical Society of America A

Issue/Year/DOI: Journal of the Optical Society of America A Vol. 34, Issue 2, pp. 161-170 (2017)

DOI: 10.1364/JOSAA.34.000161