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  • Received: Nov. 5, 2019

    Accepted: Feb. 12, 2020

    Posted: Mar. 2, 2020

    Published Online: Mar. 2, 2020

    The Author Email: Qi Dalong (, Zhang Shian (, Yang Chengshuai (, He Yilin (, Cao Fengyan (, Yao Jiali (, Ding Pengpeng (, Gao Liang (, Jia Tianqing (, Liang Jinyang (, Sun Zhenrong (, Wang Lihong V. (

    DOI: 10.1117/1.AP.2.1.014003

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    Dalong Qi, Shian Zhang, Chengshuai Yang, Yilin He, Fengyan Cao, Jiali Yao, Pengpeng Ding, Liang Gao, Tianqing Jia, Jinyang Liang, Zhenrong Sun, Lihong V. Wang. Single-shot compressed ultrafast photography: a review[J]. Advanced Photonics, 2020, 2(1): 014003

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Advanced Photonics, Vol. 2, Issue 1, 014003 (2020)

Single-shot compressed ultrafast photography: a review 

Dalong Qi1, Shian Zhang1,2,*, Chengshuai Yang1, Yilin He1, Fengyan Cao1, Jiali Yao1, Pengpeng Ding1, Liang Gao3, Tianqing Jia1, Jinyang Liang4, Zhenrong Sun1,*, and Lihong V. Wang5,*

Author Affiliations

  • 1East China Normal University, School of Physics and Electric Science, State Key Laboratory of Precision Spectroscopy, Shanghai, China
  • 2Shanxi University, Collaborative Innovation Center of Extreme Optics, Taiyuan, China
  • 3University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Urbana, Illinois, United States
  • 4Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications, Laboratory of Applied Computational Imaging, Varennes, Québec, Canada
  • 5California Institute of Technology, Andrew and Peggy Cherng Department of Medical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering, Caltech Optical Imaging Laboratory, Pasadena, California, United States


Compressed ultrafast photography (CUP) is a burgeoning single-shot computational imaging technique that provides an imaging speed as high as 10 trillion frames per second and a sequence depth of up to a few hundred frames. This technique synergizes compressed sensing and the streak camera technique to capture nonrepeatable ultrafast transient events with a single shot. With recent unprecedented technical developments and extensions of this methodology, it has been widely used in ultrafast optical imaging and metrology, ultrafast electron diffraction and microscopy, and information security protection. We review the basic principles of CUP, its recent advances in data acquisition and image reconstruction, its fusions with other modalities, and its unique applications in multiple research fields.


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