Short-wave infrared compressive imaging of single photons

Thomas Gerrits*, Daniel J. Lum, Varun Verma, John Howell, Richard P. Mirin, Sae Woo Nam

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We present a short-wave infrared (SWIR) single photon camera based on a single superconducting nanowire single photon detector (SNSPD) and compressive imaging. We show SWIR single photon imaging at a megapixel resolution with a low signal-to-background ratio around 0.6, show SWIR video acquisition at 20 frames per second and 64x64 pixel video resolution, and demonstrate sub-nanosecond resolution time-of-flight imaging. All scenes were sampled by detecting only a small number of photons for each compressive sampling matrix. In principle, our technique can be used for imaging faint objects in the mid-IR regime.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)15519-15527
Number of pages9
JournalOptics Express
Issue number12
StatePublished - 11 Jun 2018

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