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Improving the resolution in quantum and classical temporal imaging
Junheng Shi1;2;3, Giuseppe Patera3, Youzhen Gui1, Mikhail I. Kolobov3, Dmitri B. Horoshko3;4, and Shensheng Han1
1 Key Laboratory for Quantum Optics, [Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, Chinese Academy of Sciences], Shanghai 201 800, China
2 [University of Chinese Academy of Sciences], Beijing 100049, China
3 [Univ. Lille, CNRS, UMR 8523 —PhLAM—Physique des Lasers Atomes et Molécules], F-59000 Lille, France
4 [B I. Stepanov Institute of Physics], NASB, Minsk 220072, Belarus

Chin. Opt. Lett., 2018, 16(09): pp.092701

DOI:10.3788/COL201816.092701
Topic:Quantum optics
Keywords(OCIS Code): 270.5585  110.6915  190.7110  

Abstract
The point-spread function of an optical system determines its optical resolution for both spatial and temporal imaging. For spatial imaging, it is given by a Fourier transform of the pupil function of the system. For temporal imaging based on nonlinear optical processes, such as sum-frequency generation or four-wave mixing, the point-spread function is related to the waveform of the pump wave by a nonlinear transformation. We compare the point-spread functions of three temporal imaging schemes: sum-frequency generation, co-propagating four-wave mixing, and counter-propagating four-wave mixing, and demonstrate that the last scheme provides the best temporal resolution. Our results are valid for both quantum and classical temporal imaging.

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Received:2018/5/31
Accepted:2018/7/18
Posted online:2018/8/29

Get Citation: Junheng Shi, Giuseppe Patera, Youzhen Gui, Mikhail I. Kolobov, Dmitri B. Horoshko, and Shensheng Han, "Improving the resolution in quantum and classical temporal imaging," Chin. Opt. Lett. 16(09), 092701(2018)

Note: We are grateful to Jianrong Wu for discussions on Fourier optics. We acknowledge support by the Hi-Tech Research and Development Program of China (Nos. 2013AA122902 and 2013AA122901) and the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. XDB21030200).



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