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Optical encryption of digital data in form of quick response code using spatially incoherent illumination
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Paper Abstract

Applications of optical methods for encryption purposes have been attracting interest of researchers for decades. The most popular are coherent techniques such as double random phase encoding. Its main advantage is high security due to transformation of spectrum of image to be encrypted into white spectrum via use of first phase random mask which allows for encrypted images with white spectra. Downsides are necessity of using holographic registration scheme and speckle noise occurring due to coherent illumination. Elimination of these disadvantages is possible via usage of incoherent illumination. In this case, phase registration no longer matters, which means that there is no need for holographic setup, and speckle noise is gone. Recently, encryption of digital information in form of binary images has become quite popular. Advantages of using quick response (QR) code in capacity of data container for optical encryption include: 1) any data represented as QR code will have close to white (excluding zero spatial frequency) Fourier spectrum which have good overlapping with encryption key spectrum; 2) built-in algorithm for image scale and orientation correction which simplifies decoding of decrypted QR codes; 3) embedded error correction code allows for successful decryption of information even in case of partial corruption of decrypted image. Optical encryption of digital data in form QR codes using spatially incoherent illumination was experimentally implemented. Two liquid crystal spatial light modulators were used in experimental setup for QR code and encrypting kinoform imaging respectively. Decryption was conducted digitally. Successful decryption of encrypted QR codes is demonstrated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 December 2016
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 10176, Asia-Pacific Conference on Fundamental Problems of Opto- and Microelectronics, 1017619 (14 December 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2268147
Show Author Affiliations
Pavel A. Cheremkhin, National Research Nuclear Univ. MEPhI (Russian Federation)
Vitaly V. Krasnov, National Research Nuclear Univ. MEPhI (Russian Federation)
Vladislav G. Rodin, National Research Nuclear Univ. MEPhI (Russian Federation)
Rostislav S. Starikov, National Research Nuclear Univ. MEPhI (Russian Federation)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10176:
Asia-Pacific Conference on Fundamental Problems of Opto- and Microelectronics
Yuri N. Kulchin; Roman V. Romashko; Alexander V. Syuy, Editor(s)

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