A slice-integral method for calculating wave propagation through volumetric objects, and its application in digital holographic tomography

Yu Chih Lin, Chau Jern Cheng, Ting Chung Poon

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A novel slice-integral (SI) method to investigate wave propagation in three-dimensional (3D) volumetric objects, and its application in tomographic image formation in digital holographic microscopy is proposed. The SI method simplifies 3D volumetric objects as compositions of a series of thin slices, to calculate optical wave propagation through thick specimens, based on the Born approximation. A comparison of transmitted wave propagation for tomographic image reconstructions for specimens with different sizes and refractive index (RI) contrasts, based on the SI and the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) methods, is given and analyzed. Simulation results show that the SI method performs tomographic reconstruction more conveniently than that using the FDTD method, especially for specimens with diameters smaller than the illumination wavelength. The sampling grid condition based on the thin grating model is derived to determine the appropriate separation of the slices, which shortens the computation time of tomographic reconstruction.

Original languageEnglish
Article number065402
JournalJournal of Optics (United Kingdom)
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun



  • digital holographic microscopy
  • refractive index
  • tomography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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