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Appl Opt. 2000 Aug 10;39(23):4070-5.

Spatial filtering for zero-order and twin-image elimination in digital off-axis holography.

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  • 1Institute of Applied Optics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, CH-1015 Lausanne, Switzerland.


Off-axis holograms recorded with a CCD camera are numerically reconstructed with a calculation of scalar diffraction in the Fresnel approximation. We show that the zero order of diffraction and the twin image can be digitally eliminated by means of filtering their associated spatial frequencies in the computed Fourier transform of the hologram. We show that this operation enhances the contrast of the reconstructed images and reduces the noise produced by parasitic reflections reaching the hologram plane with an incidence angle other than that of the object wave.

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