1 Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Technical University of Denmark2 Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark
The invention relates to securing of information utilising optical imaging technologies and more specifically to phase encryption and decryption of images. An image is encrypted into a mask having a plurality of mask resolution elements (Xm, Ym) by encoding the image using e.g. a phase mask with an encoded phase value phi (Xm, Ym) and an encoded amplitude value a (Xm, Ym), and by further encrypting the mask (using e.g. a spatial light modulator) by addition of an encrypting phase value phi c (Xm, Ym) to the encoded phase value phi (Xm, Ym) and by multiplication of an encrypting amplitude value ac (Xm, Ym) with the encoded phase value a (Xm, Ym). The method of decrypting comprises the steps of decrypting the mask by radiating electromagnetic radiation towards the mask and inserting into the path of the electromagnetic radiation a complex spatial electromagnetic radiation modulator comprising modulator resolution elements, the decrypting phase value phi d (Xd, Yd) and the decrypting amplitude value ad (Xd, Yd) respectively, of a modulator resolution element (Xd, Yd) being substantially equal to - phi c (Xm, Ym) and ac (Xm, Ym).