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Incoherent coincidence imaging of space objects
Author(s): Tianyi Mao; Qian Chen; Weiji He; Guohua Gu
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Paper Abstract

Incoherent Coincidence Imaging (ICI), which is based on the second or higher order correlation of fluctuating light field, has provided great potentialities with respect to standard conventional imaging. However, the deployment of reference arm limits its practical applications in the detection of space objects. In this article, an optical aperture synthesis with electronically connected single-pixel photo-detectors was proposed to remove the reference arm. The correlation in our proposed method is the second order correlation between the intensity fluctuations observed by any two detectors. With appropriate locations of single-pixel detectors, this second order correlation is simplified to absolute-square Fourier transform of source and the unknown object. We demonstrate the image recovery with the Gerchberg-Saxton-like algorithms and investigate the reconstruction quality of our approach. Numerical experiments has been made to show that both binary and gray-scale objects can be recovered. This proposed method provides an effective approach to promote detection of space objects and perhaps even the exo-planets.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2016
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 9682, 8th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes, 96820Y (24 October 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2242623
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Tianyi Mao, Nanjing Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Qian Chen, Nanjing Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Weiji He, Nanjing Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Guohua Gu, Nanjing Univ. of Science and Technology (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9682:
8th International Symposium on Advanced Optical Manufacturing and Testing Technologies: Large Mirrors and Telescopes
Myung K. Cho; Bin Fan, Editor(s)

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