We demonstrate that images of laser-illuminated objects can be formed from measurements of the wave-front slope (gradient) associated with the backscattered, coherent laser-speckle field. A digital wave-front recovery and image synthesis procedure is described, and the results of computer-simulation experiments are presented in which coherent images are reconstructed from digitally simulated Fourier-plane laser-speckle measurements. Images are recovered from noisy wave-front-difference data to illustrate the effect that measurement noise has on recovered image quality.
© 1990 Optical Society of America
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