Resolution limits in practical digital holographic systems

Kelly, Damien P. and Hennelly, Bryan M. and Pandey, Nitesh and Naughton, Thomas J. and Rhodes, William T. (2009) Resolution limits in practical digital holographic systems. Optical Engineering, 48 (095801). pp. 1-13. ISSN 0091-3286

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We examine some fundamental theoretical limits on the ability of practical digital holography DH systems to resolve detail in an image. Unlike conventional diffraction-limited imaging systems, where a projected image of the limiting aperture is used to define the system performance, there are at least three major effects that determine the performance of a DH system: i The spacing between adjacent pixels on the CCD, ii an averaging effect introduced by the finite size of these pixels, and iii the finite extent of the camera face itself. Using a theoretical model, we define a single expression that accounts for all these physical effects. With this model, we explore several different DH recording techniques: off-axis and inline, considering both the dc terms, as well as the real and twin images that are features of the holographic recording process. Our analysis shows that the imaging operation is shift variant and we demonstrate this using a simple example. We examine how our theoretical model can be used to optimize CCD design for lensless DH capture. We present a series of experimental results to confirm the validity of our theoretical model, demonstrating recovery of super- Nyquist frequencies for the first time.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This research is funded from the European Community’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013 under Grant No. 216105 “Real 3D.”
Keywords: Resolution limits; digital; holographic systems; digital holography; DH systems;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Computer Science
Item ID: 2469
Depositing User: CS Editor
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2011 15:39
Journal or Publication Title: Optical Engineering
Publisher: SPIE Press
Refereed: Yes
Funders: European Community: Seventh Framework Programme

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