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Novel fringe-scanning/Fourier-transform method of synthetic imaging
Author(s): Thomas M. Crawford; Richard K. Albano
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Paper Abstract

We have developed a one-dimensional theory and a computer model for synthetically imaging scenes using a novel fringe scanning/Fourier transform technique. Our method probes a scene using two interfering beams of slightly different frequency. These beams form a moving fringe pattern which scans the scene and resonates with any spatial frequency components having the same spatial frequency as the scanning fringe pattern. A simple, non-imaging detector above the scene observes any scattered radiation from the scene falling onto it. If a resonance occurs between the scanning fringe pattern and the scene, then the scattered radiation will be modulated at the difference frequency between the two probing beams. By changing the spatial period of the fringe pattern and then measuring the amplitude and phase of the modulated radiation that is scattered from the scene, the Fourier amplitudes and phases of the different spatial frequency components making up the scene can be measured. A synthetic image of the scene being probed can be generated from this Fourier amplitude and phase data by taking the inverse Fourier transform of this information. This technique could be used to image objects using light, ultrasonic, or other electromagnetic or acoustic waves.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 November 1993
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2029, Digital Image Recovery and Synthesis II, (9 November 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.161995
Show Author Affiliations
Thomas M. Crawford, EG&G-Idaho (United States)
Richard K. Albano, EG&G-Idaho (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2029:
Digital Image Recovery and Synthesis II
Paul S. Idell, Editor(s)

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