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Single photon imaging in the shortwave infrared

PUBLISHED June 30, 2023 (DOI: https://doi.org/10.54985/peeref.2306p3561693)



Osian Wolley1 , Simon Mekhail1 , Paul-Antoine Moreau2 , Thomas Gregory1 , Graham Gibson1 , Gerd Leuchs3 , Miles Padgett1
  1. University of Glasgow
  2. National Cheng Kung University
  3. Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light

Conference / event

Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics 2022, May 2022 (San Jose, United States)

Poster summary

While single photon imaging has become crucial in many areas, applications are still limited to the visible region of the spectrum where detector noise performance is favorable. We present a full-field, holographic imaging system capable of imaging at the single-photon level in the shortwave infrared, despite the camera having a noise floor ≈200 times higher. We believe our demonstration will extend the range of applications of low-light imaging to other challenging detection regimes benefiting biological, medical, and covert imaging.


Physics, Optics, Holography

Research areas



  1. O. Wolley et al., Near single photon imaging in the shortwave infrared. (2023)
  2. D. Gabor, Light and information. (1961)
  3. K. Fatemi & G. Beadie, Rapid complex mode decomposition of vector beams by common path interferometry. (2013)


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Competing interests
No competing interests were disclosed.
Data availability statement
The datasets generated during and / or analyzed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request.
Creative Commons license
Copyright © 2023 Wolley et al. This is an open access work distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Wolley, O., Mekhail, S., Moreau, P., Gregory, T., Gibson, G., Leuchs, G., Padgett, M. Single photon imaging in the shortwave infrared [not peer reviewed]. Peeref 2023 (poster).
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