Abstract

We demonstrate the application of a subpicosecond optical parametric amplifier working at degeneracy to imaging in diffuse media. This optical parametric amplifier exhibits small-signal gains greater than 104, thereby acting as a high-gain ultrafast amplifying gate. We have used it to construct the image of a grid pattern hidden behind 20 mean free paths of a highly diffusing solution of latex microspheres with a spatial resolution of 200 μm.

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[CrossRef]

1985

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[CrossRef]

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Antonetti, A.

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Badan, J.

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Brun, A.

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Duncan, M. D.

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Salin, F.

J. Squier, F. Salin, G. Mourou, D. Harter, Opt. Lett. 16, 234 (1991).

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J. Watson, P. Georges, T. Lépine, A. Brun, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 8 of 1994 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), paper CTuA7.

Xing, Q.

Yoo, K. M.

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[CrossRef] [PubMed]

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D. Hulin, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, I. Ledoux, J. Badan, J. L. Oudar, J. Zyss, Appl. Phys. Lett. 49, 761 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Appl. Opt.

Appl. Phys. Lett.

D. Hulin, A. Migus, A. Antonetti, I. Ledoux, J. Badan, J. L. Oudar, J. Zyss, Appl. Phys. Lett. 49, 761 (1986).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Commun.

D. Stickland, G. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 56, 219 (1985).
[CrossRef]

Opt. Lett.

Science

L. Wang, P. P. Ho, C. Liu, G. Zhang, R. R. Alfano, Science 253, 769 (1991).
[CrossRef] [PubMed]

Other

J. Watson, P. Georges, T. Lépine, A. Brun, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics, Vol. 8 of 1994 OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, Washington, D.C., 1994), paper CTuA7.

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1
Fig. 1

Setup for the ultrafast degenerate OPA. The first crystal (BBO SHG) is used for the second-harmonic generation of the 780-nm pulses. The second crystal (BBO OPA) is the parametric amplifier oriented for degeneracy. ω refers to the 780-nm probe pulses and 2ω to the 390-nm pump pulses.

Fig. 2
Fig. 2

OPA signal as a function of the delay between the signal and pump pulses. The FWHM is 450 fs, suggesting that primarily ballistic photons are detected.

Fig. 3
Fig. 3

Image of a grid hidden behind 20 mean free paths of latex solution. The signal-to-noise ratio is 4, and the resolution is 200 μm.

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