Single-pixel optical imaging with compressed reference intensity patterns

Wen Chen, Xudong Chen

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Ghost imaging with single-pixel bucket detector has attracted more and more current attention due to its marked physical characteristics. However, in ghost imaging, a large number of reference intensity patterns are usually required for object reconstruction, hence many applications based on ghost imaging (such as tomography and optical security) may be tedious since heavy storage or transmission is requested. In this paper, we report that the compressed reference intensity patterns can be used for object recovery in computational ghost imaging (with single-pixel bucket detector), and object verification can be further conducted. Only a small portion (such as 2.0% pixels) of each reference intensity pattern is used for object reconstruction, and the recovered object is verified by using nonlinear correlation algorithm. Since statistical characteristic and speckle averaging property are inherent in ghost imaging, sidelobes or multiple peaks can be effectively suppressed or eliminated in the nonlinear correlation outputs when random pixel positions are selected from each reference intensity pattern. Since pixel positions can be randomly selected from each 2D reference intensity pattern (such as total measurements of 20000), a large key space and high flexibility can be generated when the proposed method is applied for authenticationbased cryptography. When compressive sensing is used to recover the object with a small number of measurements, the proposed strategy could still be feasible through further compressing the recorded data (i.e., reference intensity patterns) followed by object verification. It is expected that the proposed method not only compresses the recorded data and facilitates the storage or transmission, but also can build up novel capability (i.e., classical or quantum information verification) for ghost imaging.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Conference on Experimental Mechanics 2014
ISBN (Electronic)9781628413885
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
EventInternational Conference on Experimental Mechanics 2014, ICEM 2014 - Holiday Inn Atrium Hotel, Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 15 Nov 201417 Nov 2014


ConferenceInternational Conference on Experimental Mechanics 2014, ICEM 2014


  • Compressed reference intensity patterns
  • Optical authentication
  • Single-pixel optical imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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