Computational methods for phase retrieval: Non-iterative methods, Ptychography, and Diffractive Shearing Interferometry

Sander Konijnenberg

Research output: ThesisDissertation (TU Delft)

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In this thesis, several phase retrieval methods are discussed. Since the focus will mainly be on theory rather than experiment, the structure has been determined by the similarities and differences of the mathematics of these methods. For example, a distinction is made between non-iterative and iterative methods, and between single-shot iterative phase retrieval and multiple-shot iterative phase retrieval (ptychography). However, it must be noted that phase retrieval methods that are mathematically similar, are suitable for fundamentally different experimental setups. For example, one can consider setups for lensless imaging, of which an interesting application is metrology using Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) radiation. In such setups, no focusing optics are used, and one typically computes an image from far-field intensity patterns. On the other hand, there are setups for aberrated imaging. In these setups, one does use focusing optics to form images, but by introducing some sort of variations or perturbations, one can generate a set of images from which a complex-valued field can be computed. For example, regular ptychography and Fourier ptychography are mathematically the same, but the former is used for lensless imaging, while the latter is used for aberrated imaging. Mathematically, the only difference between these two ptychographic approaches is that the roles of object space and Fourier space are interchanged.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Coene, W.M.J.M., Supervisor
  • Urbach, H.P., Supervisor
Award date25 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Phase retrieval
  • Ptychography
  • Computational imaging


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