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Super-thermal light for imaging applications

  • Alessia Allevi EMAIL logo , Silvia Cassina and Maria Bondani


We report on a new classical light source useful for ghost-imaging applications. The light is obtained by frequency doubling a conventional speckle pattern having an overall multi-mode thermal distribution. The frequency-doubled light acquires a super-thermal distribution, which induces higher correlations at a beam splitter and, as a consequence, a higher visibility in ghost-imaging protocols.


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Received: 2017-7-28
Accepted: 2017-11-20
Published Online: 2017-12-14
Published in Print: 2017-12-20

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