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Interferometric and nonlinear-optical spectral-imaging techniques for outer space and live cells
Author(s): Kazuyoshi Itoh

Paper Abstract

Multidimensional signals such as the spectral images allow us to have deeper insights into the natures of objects. In this paper the spectral imaging techniques that are based on optical interferometry and nonlinear optics are presented. The interferometric imaging technique is based on the unified theory of Van Cittert-Zernike and Wiener-Khintchine theorems and allows us to retrieve a spectral image of an object in the far zone from the 3D spatial coherence function. The retrieval principle is explained using a very simple object. The promising applications to space interferometers for astronomy that are currently in progress will also be briefly touched on. An interesting extension of interferometric spectral imaging is a 3D and spectral imaging technique that records 4D information of objects where the 3D and spectral information is retrieved from the cross-spectral density function of optical field. The 3D imaging is realized via the numerical inverse propagation of the cross-spectral density. A few techniques suggested recently are introduced. The nonlinear optical technique that utilizes stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) for spectral imaging of biomedical targets is presented lastly. The strong signals of SRS permit us to get vibrational information of molecules in the live cell or tissue in real time. The vibrational information of unstained or unlabeled molecules is crucial especially for medical applications. The 3D information due to the optical nonlinearity is also the attractive feature of SRS spectral microscopy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 December 2015
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9792, Biophotonics Japan 2015, 979203 (9 December 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2214994
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Kazuyoshi Itoh, Osaka Univ. (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9792:
Biophotonics Japan 2015
Takashige Omatsu; Yoshio Hayasaki; Yusuke Ogura; Yasuyuki Ozeki; Seigo Ohno, Editor(s)

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