Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2016

Author's Department

Electrical & Systems Engineering

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Degree Type



Optical detectors, such as photodiodes and CMOS cameras, can only read intensity information, and thus phase information of wavefronts is lost. Phase retrieval algorithms are used to estimate the lost phase and reconstruct an accurate effective pupil function, where the squared modulus of its Fourier transform is detected by a camera. However, current algorithms such as the Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm and Fienup-style algorithm do not consider the detector sampling rate and shot noise introduced by photon detection. If the sampling rate is low, we must interpolate the detected image in order to accurately reconstruct its pupil function. Here, we develop an appropriate estimation method for interpolating the detected image by using penalized I-divergence and then use the interpolated image for phase retrieval. In our simulation, after 300 iterations of our DAM algorithm, the phase-retrieved pupil function has a root-mean-squared error of about 43±3% less than Fienup-style algorithm with nearest neighbor interpolation when one hundred million photons are collected.


English (en)


Arye Nehorai

Committee Members

Joseph A. O'Sullivan, Matthew D. Lew, Mark A. Anastasio.


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