Abstract

We describe a terahertz single pixel imaging system based on a Nipkow disk. Nipkow disks have been used for fast scanning imaging systems since the first experimental television was invented in 1926. In our work, a Nipkow disk with 24 scanning lines was used to provide an axial resolution of 2mm/pixel. We also show that by implementing a microscanning technique the axial resolution can be further improved to 0.5mm/pixel. Imaging of several objects was demonstrated to show that this simple scanning system is promising for fast or real time terahertz imaging applications.

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J. B. Jackson, M. Mourou, J. F. Whitaker, I. N. Duling, S. L. Williamson, M. Menu, and G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 281, 527 (2008).
[Crossref]

J. Yang, S. Ruan, and M. Zhang, Chin. Opt. Lett. 6, 29(2008).
[Crossref]

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[Crossref]

2007 (1)

2005 (3)

2004 (2)

2002 (1)

A. Nahata, J. T. Yardley, and T. F. Heinz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 963 (2002).
[Crossref]

2000 (1)

M. S. Alam, J. G. Bognar, R. C. Hardie, and B. J. Yasuda, IEEE Trans. Intrum. Meas. 49, 915 (2000).
[Crossref]

Alam, M. S.

M. S. Alam, J. G. Bognar, R. C. Hardie, and B. J. Yasuda, IEEE Trans. Intrum. Meas. 49, 915 (2000).
[Crossref]

Auksorius, E.

Baird, J. L.

J. L. Baird, “Apparatus for transmitting views or images to a distance,” U.S. patent 1,699,270 (January15, 1929).

Baraniuk, R. G.

W. L. Chan, K. Charan, D. Takhar, K. F. Kelly, R. G. Baraniuk, and D. M. Mittleman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 121105 (2008).
[Crossref]

Bognar, J. G.

M. S. Alam, J. G. Bognar, R. C. Hardie, and B. J. Yasuda, IEEE Trans. Intrum. Meas. 49, 915 (2000).
[Crossref]

Brener, I.

W. L. Chan, H. Chen, A. J. Taylor, I. Brener, M. Cich, and D. M. Mittleman, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThX2.

Chan, W. L.

W. L. Chan, K. Charan, D. Takhar, K. F. Kelly, R. G. Baraniuk, and D. M. Mittleman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 121105 (2008).
[Crossref]

W. L. Chan, H. Chen, A. J. Taylor, I. Brener, M. Cich, and D. M. Mittleman, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThX2.

Charan, K.

W. L. Chan, K. Charan, D. Takhar, K. F. Kelly, R. G. Baraniuk, and D. M. Mittleman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 121105 (2008).
[Crossref]

Chen, H.

W. L. Chan, H. Chen, A. J. Taylor, I. Brener, M. Cich, and D. M. Mittleman, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThX2.

Cich, M.

W. L. Chan, H. Chen, A. J. Taylor, I. Brener, M. Cich, and D. M. Mittleman, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThX2.

Cole, B. E.

Y. C. Shen, T. Lo, P. F. Taday, B. E. Cole, W. R. Tribe, and M. C. Kemp, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 241116 (2005).
[Crossref]

Courtney, P.

Dobroiu, A.

Duling, I. N.

J. B. Jackson, M. Mourou, J. F. Whitaker, I. N. Duling, S. L. Williamson, M. Menu, and G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 281, 527 (2008).
[Crossref]

Dunsby, C.

Elson, D. S.

French, P. M.

Grant, D. M.

Hardie, R. C.

M. S. Alam, J. G. Bognar, R. C. Hardie, and B. J. Yasuda, IEEE Trans. Intrum. Meas. 49, 915 (2000).
[Crossref]

Heinz, T. F.

A. Nahata, J. T. Yardley, and T. F. Heinz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 963 (2002).
[Crossref]

Hu, Q.

Jackson, J. B.

J. B. Jackson, M. Mourou, J. F. Whitaker, I. N. Duling, S. L. Williamson, M. Menu, and G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 281, 527 (2008).
[Crossref]

Kawada, Y.

Kawase, K.

Kelly, K. F.

W. L. Chan, K. Charan, D. Takhar, K. F. Kelly, R. G. Baraniuk, and D. M. Mittleman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 121105 (2008).
[Crossref]

Kemp, M. C.

Y. C. Shen, T. Lo, P. F. Taday, B. E. Cole, W. R. Tribe, and M. C. Kemp, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 241116 (2005).
[Crossref]

Lee, A. W.

Lo, T.

Y. C. Shen, T. Lo, P. F. Taday, B. E. Cole, W. R. Tribe, and M. C. Kemp, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 241116 (2005).
[Crossref]

Menu, M.

J. B. Jackson, M. Mourou, J. F. Whitaker, I. N. Duling, S. L. Williamson, M. Menu, and G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 281, 527 (2008).
[Crossref]

Mittleman, D. M.

W. L. Chan, K. Charan, D. Takhar, K. F. Kelly, R. G. Baraniuk, and D. M. Mittleman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 121105 (2008).
[Crossref]

W. L. Chan, H. Chen, A. J. Taylor, I. Brener, M. Cich, and D. M. Mittleman, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThX2.

Morita, Y.

Mourou, G. A.

J. B. Jackson, M. Mourou, J. F. Whitaker, I. N. Duling, S. L. Williamson, M. Menu, and G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 281, 527 (2008).
[Crossref]

Mourou, M.

J. B. Jackson, M. Mourou, J. F. Whitaker, I. N. Duling, S. L. Williamson, M. Menu, and G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 281, 527 (2008).
[Crossref]

Munro, I.

Nahata, A.

A. Nahata, J. T. Yardley, and T. F. Heinz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 963 (2002).
[Crossref]

Neil, M. A.

Nye, E.

Ohshima, Y. N.

Otani, C.

Requejo-Isidro, J.

Ruan, S.

Schimpf, D.

Shen, Y. C.

Y. C. Shen, T. Lo, P. F. Taday, B. E. Cole, W. R. Tribe, and M. C. Kemp, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 241116 (2005).
[Crossref]

Siegel, P. H.

P. H. Siegel, Microw. Theory Tech. 52, 2438 (2004).
[Crossref]

Stamp, G.

Taday, P. F.

Y. C. Shen, T. Lo, P. F. Taday, B. E. Cole, W. R. Tribe, and M. C. Kemp, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 241116 (2005).
[Crossref]

Takahashi, H.

Takhar, D.

W. L. Chan, K. Charan, D. Takhar, K. F. Kelly, R. G. Baraniuk, and D. M. Mittleman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 121105 (2008).
[Crossref]

Taylor, A. J.

W. L. Chan, H. Chen, A. J. Taylor, I. Brener, M. Cich, and D. M. Mittleman, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThX2.

Toyoda, H.

Tribe, W. R.

Y. C. Shen, T. Lo, P. F. Taday, B. E. Cole, W. R. Tribe, and M. C. Kemp, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 241116 (2005).
[Crossref]

Whitaker, J. F.

J. B. Jackson, M. Mourou, J. F. Whitaker, I. N. Duling, S. L. Williamson, M. Menu, and G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 281, 527 (2008).
[Crossref]

Williamson, S. L.

J. B. Jackson, M. Mourou, J. F. Whitaker, I. N. Duling, S. L. Williamson, M. Menu, and G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 281, 527 (2008).
[Crossref]

Yamashita, M.

Yang, J.

Yardley, J. T.

A. Nahata, J. T. Yardley, and T. F. Heinz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 963 (2002).
[Crossref]

Yasuda, B. J.

M. S. Alam, J. G. Bognar, R. C. Hardie, and B. J. Yasuda, IEEE Trans. Intrum. Meas. 49, 915 (2000).
[Crossref]

Yasuda, T.

Zhang, M.

Appl. Opt. (1)

Appl. Phys. Lett. (3)

Y. C. Shen, T. Lo, P. F. Taday, B. E. Cole, W. R. Tribe, and M. C. Kemp, Appl. Phys. Lett. 86, 241116 (2005).
[Crossref]

A. Nahata, J. T. Yardley, and T. F. Heinz, Appl. Phys. Lett. 81, 963 (2002).
[Crossref]

W. L. Chan, K. Charan, D. Takhar, K. F. Kelly, R. G. Baraniuk, and D. M. Mittleman, Appl. Phys. Lett. 93, 121105 (2008).
[Crossref]

Chin. Opt. Lett. (1)

IEEE Trans. Intrum. Meas. (1)

M. S. Alam, J. G. Bognar, R. C. Hardie, and B. J. Yasuda, IEEE Trans. Intrum. Meas. 49, 915 (2000).
[Crossref]

Microw. Theory Tech. (1)

P. H. Siegel, Microw. Theory Tech. 52, 2438 (2004).
[Crossref]

Opt. Commun. (1)

J. B. Jackson, M. Mourou, J. F. Whitaker, I. N. Duling, S. L. Williamson, M. Menu, and G. A. Mourou, Opt. Commun. 281, 527 (2008).
[Crossref]

Opt. Express (1)

Opt. Lett. (2)

Other (2)

W. L. Chan, H. Chen, A. J. Taylor, I. Brener, M. Cich, and D. M. Mittleman, in Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics/International Quantum Electronics Conference, OSA Technical Digest (CD) (Optical Society of America, 2009), paper CThX2.

J. L. Baird, “Apparatus for transmitting views or images to a distance,” U.S. patent 1,699,270 (January15, 1929).

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Figures (3)

Fig. 1.
Fig. 1.

(a) Sketch of the Nipkow disk. (b) Geometric parameters for the Nipkow disk. (c) Resolution improvement by implementing the microscanning technique. The numbers “1,” “2,” and “3” represent the imaged pixels for the interlaced sub-frames 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

Fig. 2.
Fig. 2.

Experimental setup for the single pixel imaging system based on a Nipkow disk. Section A is the measurement setup for imaging an object mask, and section B is the measurement setup for imaging the FIR laser pattern profile.

Fig. 3.
Fig. 3.

(a)–(c) Imaging of the FIR laser beam pattern at resolutions of 0.5, 1.0, and 2.0mm/pixel, respectively. (d)–(i) Imaging of an object mask with the letter pattern “THZ” at various resolutions (d)–(f) 0.5mm/pixel images (g)–(i) 10mm/pixel images (j)–(l) 2.0mm/pixel images. (m)–(o) visible photographs of the object letters.

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