Fourier Ptychography Introduction

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Duke University (USA), Advanced Research Center for Nanolithography (The Netherlands), Vrije Universiteit (The Netherlands), and University of Glasgow (UK) publish OSA Optics Express paper "Fourier ptychography: current applications and future promises" by Pavan Chandra Konda, Lars Loetgering, Kevin C. Zhou, Shiqi Xu, Andrew R. Harvey, and Roarke Horstmeyer.

"Traditional imaging systems exhibit a well-known trade-off between the resolution and the field of view of their captured images. Typical cameras and microscopes can either “zoom in” and image at high-resolution, or they can “zoom out” to see a larger area at lower resolution, but can rarely achieve both effects simultaneously. In this review, we present details about a relatively new procedure termed Fourier ptychography (FP), which addresses the above trade-off to produce gigapixel-scale images without requiring any moving parts. To accomplish this, FP captures multiple low-resolution, large field-of-view images and computationally combines them in the Fourier domain into a high-resolution, large field-of-view result. Here, we present details about the various implementations of FP and highlight its demonstrated advantages to date, such as aberration recovery, phase imaging, and 3D tomographic reconstruction, to name a few. After providing some basics about FP, we list important details for successful experimental implementation, discuss its relationship with other computational imaging techniques, and point to the latest advances in the field while highlighting persisting challenges."

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