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Optical Engineering

Optical Information Processing Components
Author(s): Armand R. Tanguay; Cardinal Warde
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Paper Abstract

This special issue of Optical Engineering addresses a number of critical issues in the continuing invention, development, and characterization of components for optical information processing and computing applications. This is the second in an annual series of related special issues, initiated with the publication of "Spatial Light Modulators: Critical Issues" (Optical Engineering, Vol. 22, No. 6, November/ December 1983). Although the last two decades have witnessed tremendous progress in the invention and development of optical processing techniques, architectures, and algorithms, only limited optical hardware is currently available for the implementation of such concepts. As a result, extensive software and numerous system schematics exist for a multiplicity of processor configurations that in almost all cases have not proven implementable in compact systems capable of high frame rate operation. A notable exception is the excellent performance record of optical processors based on one-dimensional acoustooptic transducers. Such acoustooptic devices have gained wide use and acceptance in military and commercial sectors for applications such as spectrum analysis, signal correlation, light modulation, and laser beam scanning and steering.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1985
PDF: 1 pages
Opt. Eng. 24(1) 240191 doi: 10.1117/12.7973431
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 24, Issue 1
Show Author Affiliations
Armand R. Tanguay, University of Southern California (United States)
Cardinal Warde, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)

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