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Digital holography device and phase plate array meetings

Foreign code F120006096
File No. S2008-0091
Posted date Jan 6, 2012
Country United States of America
Application number 73474308
Gazette No. 20100253986
Gazette No. 8665504
Date of filing Nov 21, 2008
Gazette Date Oct 7, 2010
Gazette Date Mar 4, 2014
International application number JP2008071246
International publication number WO2009066771
Date of international filing Nov 21, 2008
Date of international publication May 28, 2009
Priority data
  • P2007-303127 (Nov 22, 2007) JP
  • P2008-031965 (Feb 13, 2008) JP
  • 2008WO-JP71246 (Nov 21, 2008) WO
Title Digital holography device and phase plate array meetings
Abstract (US8665504)
A digital holography device includes a light source that emits light, the light source being provided for supply of object light beams formed by radiation, transmission, scattering, reflection, or diffraction of the emitted light from a subject, an array device that splits the light emitted from the light source into two kinds of reference light beams having different phases in a plane perpendicular to a direction in which the light emitted from the light source travels, a CCD camera having an image-capturing plane on which two kinds of interference fringe patterns are recorded, the interference fringe patterns being formed by interferences between the two kinds of reference light beams, and the object light beams, and an image reconstruction device that generates a reconstructed image of the subject from the two kinds of interference fringe patterns recorded on the image-capturing plane.
Scope of claims [claim1]
1. A digital holography device comprising: a light source to emit light, the light source being provided for supply of an object light beam formed by at least one of radiation, transmission, scattering, reflection, and diffraction from a subject according to the emitted light;
a phase-shifting element to split the light emitted from the light source into two kinds of reference light beams having different phases in a plane perpendicular to a direction in which the light emitted from the light source travels;
image-capturing device including an image-capturing plane on which two kinds of interference fringe patterns are recorded, the interference fringe patterns being formed by interferences between the two kinds of reference light beams and the object light beam; and
an image reconstruction device to generate a reconstructed image of the subject according to the two kinds of interference fringe patterns recorded on the image-capturing plane and intensity distribution of the reference light beams, wherein
intensities of the reference light beams are higher than an intensity of the object light beam.
[claim2]
2. The digital holography device according to claim 1, wherein the phase-shifting element is an array device that has two kinds of regions arranged in a checkerboard pattern in the plane perpendicular to the direction in which the light emitted from the light source travels.
[claim3]
3. The digital holography device according to claim 2, wherein the image-capturing device is a CCD camera or a CMOS image sensor camera, and
the two kinds of regions are arranged to respectively correspond to pixels of the image-capturing device.
[claim4]
4. The digital holography device according to claim 1, wherein the phase-shifting element is configured to split the light into a first reference light beam having a phase that serves as a reference phase and a second reference light beam that is out of phase with the first reference light beam in an amount of more than 0 and less than or equal to pi radians.
[claim5]
5. The digital holography device according to claim 1, wherein the light source is configured to emit light polarized in a first direction,
one of the two kinds of reference light beams is polarized in a second direction, and the other reference light beam is polarized in a third direction,
the digital holography device further comprises a polarizer array device to transmit the object light beam and the two kinds of reference light beams, and
the polarizer array device includes, first regions to each transmit the one reference light beam polarized in the second direction and a component of the object light beam which is orthogonally projected in the second direction, and
second regions to each transmit the other reference light beam polarized in the third direction and a component of the object light beam which is orthogonally projected in the third direction.
[claim6]
6. The digital holography device according to claim 5, wherein the polarizer array device is integral with the image-capturing device.
[claim7]
7. The digital holography device according to claim 5, wherein the phase-shifting element is a 1/4 wavelength plate.
[claim8]
8. A digital holography device comprising: a light source to emit light, the light source being provided for supply of an object light beam formed by at least one of radiation, transmission, scattering, reflection, and diffraction from a subject according to the emitted light;
a phase-shifting element to split the light emitted from the light source into two kinds of reference light beams having different phases in a plane perpendicular to a direction in which the light emitted from the light source travels;
image-capturing device including an image-capturing plane on which two kinds of interference fringe patterns are recorded, the interference fringe patterns being formed by interferences between the two kinds of reference light beams and the object light beam; and
an image reconstruction device to generate a reconstructed image of the subject according to the two kinds of interference fringe patterns recorded on the image-capturing plane, wherein
the light source is configured to emit linearly polarized light having first-direction polarized components and second-direction polarized components,
the digital holography device further includes a polarization beam splitter to convert the object light beam into light beams having the first-direction polarized components, and to convert the light emitted from the light source into light beams having the second-direction polarized components, and
the phase-shifting element includes, a wavelength-plate optical-medium array device to split the light beams having the second-direction polarized components into two kinds of reference light beams having different phases in a plane perpendicular to a direction in which the light beams having the second-direction polarized components travel, and
a polarizer to transmit third-direction polarized light components of the object light beam and third-direction polarized light components of the two kinds of reference light beams.
[claim9]
9. The digital holography device according to claim 8, wherein the phase-shifting element is integral with the image-capturing device.
[claim10]
10. The digital holography device according to claim 8, wherein the wavelength-plate optical-medium array device includes, optical media to transmit the light beams having the second-direction polarized components, and
1/4 wavelength plates to shift phases of the light beams having the second-direction polarized components and transmit the light beams thus phase-shifted.
  • Inventor, and Inventor/Applicant
  • AWATSUJI YASUHIRO
  • KANEKO ATSUSHI
  • KOYAMA TAKAMASA
  • TAHARA TATSUKI
  • WAKAMATSU TAKESHI
  • KYOTO INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
IPC(International Patent Classification)
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