Using the entangled photons generated by the spontaneous parametric down conversion as a light source, we demonstrate the first quantum ghost imaging system with a modified compressive sensing technique based on the spatial correlation of sensing matrix (SCCS). The ghost image is achieved at 16.27% sampling ratio of raster scanning and 0.65 photons/pixel at each measurement on average. Our results show that image quality and photon-utilization efficiency are remarkably enhanced in comparison with the traditional compressive imaging technique, due to the sensing matrix and noise-free measurement vector rebuilt by SCCS technique. It suggests the great potential of SCCS technique applied in quantum imaging and other quantum optics fields, such as quantum charactering and quantum state tomography to use the information loaded in each photon with high efficiency.
We presented three-dimensional image including reflectivity and depth image of a target with two traditional optical imaging systems based on time-correlated single photon counting technique (TCSPC), when it was illuminated by a MHz repetition rate pulsed laser source. The first one is bi-static system of which transmitted and received beams path are separated. Another one called mono-static system of which transmit and receive channels are coaxial, so it was also named by transceiver system. Experimental results produced by both systems showed that the mono-static system had more advantages of less noise from ambient light and no limitation about field area of view. While in practical applications, the target was far away leading to there were few photons return which was prejudicial to build 3D images with traditional imaging system. Thus an advanced one named first photon system was presented. This one was also a mono-static system on hardware system structure, but the control system structure was different with traditional transceiver system described in this paper. The difference was that the first return photon per pixel was recorded across system with first photon system, instead of overall return photons per pixel. That’s to say only one detected return photon is needed for per pixel of this system to rebuild 3D images of target with less energy and time.
Based on previous researches, we construct a pseudo-thermal light ghost imaging system suited for remote imaging applications. By using pulsed pseudo-thermal light, the transmitted power is improved to ghost imaging long distant targets. By using imaging lens system, the path lengths of reference and signal light need not keep equal, as in lensless ghost imaging system, thus the transmitter, receiver, and correlator circuit can be integrated and keep compact. Furthermore, the revolution is improved by reducing the sizes of speckles. And the number of imaging frames is decreased (thus reduced the image-reconstruct time) and the signal-noise-ratio of ghost image is improved by compressed sensing. Based on the constructed experimental system, we implemented ghost imaging of a target at about 30m range.