Optical multiple-image encryption based on multiplane phase retrieval and interference

Wen Chen, Xudong Chen

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In this paper, we propose a new method for optical multiple-image encryption based on multiplane phase retrieval and interference. An optical encoding system is developed in the Fresnel domain. A phase-only map is iteratively extracted based on a multiplane phase retrieval algorithm, and multiple plaintexts are simultaneously encrypted. Subsequently, the extracted phase-only map is further encrypted into two phase-only masks based on a non-iterative interference algorithm. During image decryption, the advantages and security of the proposed optical cryptosystem are analyzed. Numerical results are presented to demonstrate the validity of the proposed optical multiple-image encryption method.
Original languageEnglish
Article number115401
JournalJournal of Optics
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • interference
  • inverse problem
  • multiplane phase retrieval
  • optical decryption
  • optical multiple-image encryption
  • security analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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