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Light in flight photography and applications (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Daniele Faccio
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Paper Abstract

The first successful attempts (Abramson) at capturing light in flight relied on the holographic interference between the ``object'' beam scattered from a screen and a short reference pulse propagating at an angle, acting as an ultrafast shutter cite{egg}. This interference pattern was recorded on a photographic plate or film and allowed the visualisation of light as it propagated through complex environments with unprecedented temporal and spatial resolution. More recently, advances in ultrafast camera technology and in particular the use of picosecond resolution streak cameras allowed the direct digital recording of a light pulse propagating through a plastic bottle (Rasker at el.). This represented a remarkable step forward as it provided the first ever video recording (in the traditional sense with which one intends a video, i.e. something that can be played back directly on a screen and saved in digital format) of a pulse of light in flight. We will discuss a different technology that is based on an imaging camera with a pixel array in which each individual pixel is a single photon avalanche diode (SPAD). SPADs offer both sensitivity to single photons and picosecond temporal resolution of the photon arrival time (with respect to a trigger event). When adding imaging capability, SPAD arrays can deliver videos of light pulse propagating in free space, without the need for a scattering medium or diffuser as in all previous work (Gariepy et al). This capability can then be harnessed for a variety of applications. We will discuss the details of SPAD camera detection of moving objects (e.g. human beings) that are hidden from view and then conclude with a discussion of future perspectives in the field of bio-imaging.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 April 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10073, Adaptive Optics and Wavefront Control for Biological Systems III, 100730J (24 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2250331
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Daniele Faccio, Heriot-Watt Univ. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10073:
Adaptive Optics and Wavefront Control for Biological Systems III
Thomas G. Bifano; Joel Kubby; Sylvain Gigan, Editor(s)

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