Incoherent Digital Holography: A Review

TR Number



Journal Title

Journal ISSN

Volume Title




Digital holography (DH) is a promising technique for modern three-dimensional (3D) imaging. Coherent holography records the complex amplitude of a 3D object holographically, giving speckle noise upon reconstruction and presenting a serious drawback inherent in coherent optical systems. On the other hand, incoherent holography records the intensity distribution of the object, allowing a higher signal-to-noise ratio as compared to its coherent counterpart. Currently there are two incoherent digital holographic techniques: optical scanning holography (OSH) and Fresnel incoherent correlation holography (FINCH). In this review, we first explain the principles of OSH and FINCH. We then compare, to some extent, the differences between OSH and FINCH. Finally, some of the recent applications of the two incoherent holographic techniques are reviewed.



incoherent holography, digital holography, optical scanning holography, holographic microscope


Liu, J.-P.; Tahara, T.; Hayasaki, Y.; Poon, T.-C. Incoherent Digital Holography: A Review. Appl. Sci. 2018, 8, 143.