Spatiotemporal ghost imaging and interference

Adeel Abbas, Chenni Xu, Li Gang Wang

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Ghost imaging retrieves the image of an object by using second-order correlation, and this technique studied so far has been considered in either a spatial or temporal domain, which is hard to apply to the scenario of imaging spatiotemporal dynamic objects (STDOs). Here we propose to demonstrate spatiotemporal ghost imaging and interference (STGII) for STDOs by extending the correlation theory of optical coherence into the spatiotemporal domain. We have derived the generalized analytical formula for such STGII with partially coherent pulsed beams. Through a simple example of spatiotemporal slits at different location and time, the interesting phenomena of STGII are achieved under suitable conditions and it is observed that the image quality and interference visibility are affected by both the spatial and temporal parameters of partially coherent pulsed beams.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043805
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes

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This research is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grants No. 11674284 and No. 11974309), Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant No. LD18A040001, National Key Research and Development Program of China (Grant No. 2017YFA0304202), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Center Universities (Grant No. 2019FZA3005).

FundersFunder number
National Natural Science Foundation of China11974309, 11674284
Natural Science Foundation of Zhejiang ProvinceLD18A040001
National Key Research and Development Program of China2017YFA0304202
Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities2019FZA3005


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