Abstract

An improved image decryption system is proposed that is based on phase-encoded images and the principle of interference and uses a reference wave. A novel technique for generating intensity patterns from the decrypted phase information consists simply of interfering a reference wave with the wave passing through the encrypted image and a phase-only decrypting key. Optical experiments have confirmed the proposed technique as a simple and robust architecture for optical encryption.

© 2003 Optical Society of America

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