21 February 2011 High resolution 2D image upconversion of incoherent light
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An optimized method for continuous wave 2-dimensional (2-D) upconversion of incoherent or thermal light is demonstrated and quantified. Using standard resolution targets a resolution of 200x1000 pixels is obtained. The suggested method is viewed in scope of modern CCD cameras operating in the near infrared (NIR) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. The key is optimization of the upconversion process. This include Quasi-Phase-Matching leading to higher effective nonlinearities and elimination of walk-off, an intra-cavity design enhancing the upconversion process, and finally the use of modern NIR CCD detectors. Furthermore, we discuss the exceptionally good depth of field possible for imaging systems based on the proposed method.
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Jeppe Seidelin Dam, Christian Pedersen, Peter Tidemand-Lichtenberg, "High resolution 2D image upconversion of incoherent light", Proc. SPIE 7917, Nonlinear Frequency Generation and Conversion: Materials, Devices, and Applications X, 791713 (21 February 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.873790; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.873790
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