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Mid-IR and terahertz digital holography based on quantum cascade lasers
Author(s): M. Ravaro; M. Locatelli; E. Pugliese; M. Siciliani de Cumis; F. D'Amato; L. Consolino; S. Bartalini; M. S. Vitiello; P. De Natale
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Paper Abstract

Infrared (IR) digital holography (DH) based on CO2 lasers has proven to be a powerful coherent imaging technique due to the reduced sensitivity to mechanical vibrations, to the increased field of view, to the high optical power and to possible vision through scattering media, such as smoke. In this contribution we report IR DH based on the combination of quantum cascade laser (QCL) sources and a high resolution microbolometric camera. QCLs combine highly desirable features for coherent imaging, such as compactness, high optical power, and spectral purity. The present availability of external cavity mounted QCLs having a broad tuning range, makes them suitable sources for multiple wavelength holographic interferometry. In addition, QCL emission covers several windows throughout a large portion of the IR spectrum, from the mid-IR to the terahertz region. This allows taking advantage of the different optical response of the imaged objects at different frequencies, which is crucial for applications such as non-destructive testing and biomedical imaging. Our holographic system is suitable for the acquisition of both transmission holograms of transparent objects and speckle holograms of scattering objects, which can be processed in real time to retrieve both amplitude and phase.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 February 2015
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9370, Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices XII, 93701F (8 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2079221
Show Author Affiliations
M. Ravaro, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
European Lab. for NonLinear Spectroscopy (Italy)
M. Locatelli, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
E. Pugliese, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
M. Siciliani de Cumis, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
European Lab. for NonLinear Spectroscopy (Italy)
F. D'Amato, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
L. Consolino, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
European Lab. for NonLinear Spectroscopy (Italy)
S. Bartalini, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
European Lab. for NonLinear Spectroscopy (Italy)
M. S. Vitiello, NEST, Istituto Nanoscienze, CNR, Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy)
P. De Natale, Istituto Nazionale di Ottica, CNR (Italy)
European Lab. for NonLinear Spectroscopy (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9370:
Quantum Sensing and Nanophotonic Devices XII
Manijeh Razeghi; Eric Tournié; Gail J. Brown, Editor(s)

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