Abstract

The Hanbury Brown and Twiss (HBT) effect is a classical intensity correlation effect, but it is also widely used in the quantum optics regime, and has led to many important breakthroughs in both basic and applied physics, among which ghost imaging (GI) has aroused particular interest. In this article, the positive and negative intensity correlations in HBT correlation are analyzed, based on which we describe experiments on thermal light nonlocal imaging of a reflective object using the positive and negative correlations of correspondence imaging. An improvement of 16.3% in the signal-to-noise ratio of the reconstructed image has been achieved, indicating that this method may have promising potential in future GI applications where noise is a serious problem and smaller sampling numbers are necessary.

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