Journal article

Non-iterative imaging of inhomogeneous cold atom clouds using phase retrieval from a single diffraction measurement

DV Sheludko, AJ McCulloch, M Jasperse, HM Quiney, RE Scholten

OPTICS EXPRESS | OPTICAL SOC AMER | Published : 2010

Abstract

We demonstrate a new imaging technique for cold atom clouds based on phase retrieval from a single diffraction measurement. Most single-shot diffractive imaging methods for cold atoms assume a monomorphic object to extract the column density. The method described here allows quantitative imaging of an inhomogeneous cloud, enabling recovery of either the atomic density or the refractive index, provided the other is known. Using ideas borrowed from density functional theory, we calculate the approximate paraxial diffracted intensity derivative from the measured diffracted intensity distribution and use it to solve the Transport of Intensity Equation (TIE) for the phase of the wave at the detec..

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