Breaking the acoustic diffraction limit in photoacoustic imaging with multiple speckle illumination

Thomas Chaigne*, Jerome Gateau, Marc Allain, Ori Katz, Sylvain Gigan, Anne Sentenac, Emmanuel Bossy

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In deep photoacoustic imaging, resolution is inherently limited by acoustic diffraction, and ultrasonic frequencies cannot be arbitrarily increased because of attenuation in tissue. Here we report on the use of multiple speckle illumination to perform super resolution photoacoustic imaging. We show that the analysis of speckle-induced second-order fluctuations of the photoacoustic signal combined with deconvolution enables to resolve optically absorbing structures below the acoustic diffraction limit.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationPhotons Plus Ultrasound
Subtitle of host publicationImaging and Sensing 2016
EditorsAlexander A. Oraevsky, Lihong V. Wang
ISBN (Electronic)9781628419429
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventPhotons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2016 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 14 Feb 201617 Feb 2016

Publication series

NameProgress in Biomedical Optics and Imaging - Proceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422


ConferencePhotons Plus Ultrasound: Imaging and Sensing 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 SPIE.


  • Super-Resolution
  • photoacoustics
  • speckle


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