Abstract

The Talbot effect, also referred to as self-imaging or lensless imaging, is of the phenomena manifested by a periodic repetition of planar field distributions in certain types of wave fields. This phenomenon is finding applications not only in optics, but also in a variety of research fields, such as acoustics, electron microscopy, plasmonics, x ray, and Bose–Einstein condensates. In optics, self-imaging is being explored particularly in image processing, in the production of spatial-frequency filters, and in optical metrology. In this article, we give an overview of recent advances on the effect from classical optics to nonlinear optics and quantum optics. Throughout this review article there is an effort to clearly present the physical aspects of the self-imaging phenomenon. Mathematical formulations are reduced to the indispensable ones. Readers who prefer strict mathematical treatments should resort to the extensive list of references. Despite the rapid progress on the subject, new ideas and applications of Talbot self-imaging are still expected in the future.

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