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Commercialization of alignment of an optical correlator: architectures and alignment procedures
Author(s): Damon P. Manettas; Mark L'Antigua; Michael A. Fiddy
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we describe the basic characteristics of an optical correlator and draw attention to the specific joint transform design currently being marked by SORL. This system incorporates liquid crystal TVs as input devices providing a high degree of feature discrimination. We address two issues here: The first is a detailed explanation of an alignment procedure which can be used with most correlators. The wavefront errors introduced from the correlator's components are also measured using interferometric techniques. This is an important step in the setup for any correlator in order to provide high quality Fourier information. The second issue is how to maintain performance while reducing the size of the correlator architecture. A discussion of compact correlators is given and two new designs are described. To work effectively, these architectures require that careful attention be paid to the initial alignment and set-up procedures described here.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1822, Optics, Illumination, and Image Sensing for Machine Vision VII, (23 March 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.141946
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Damon P. Manettas, Space Optics Research Labs. (United States)
Mark L'Antigua, Space Optics Research Labs. (United States)
Michael A. Fiddy, Univ. of Massachusetts/Lowell (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1822:
Optics, Illumination, and Image Sensing for Machine Vision VII
Donald J. Svetkoff, Editor(s)

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