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Design and fabrication of a compact solid optical correlator for optical computing
Author(s): Patrick J. Reardon; Jeffery S. Pawley; Timothy Scott Blackwell; J. P. Wilson
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Paper Abstract

Solid optics is a design strategy which has no air spaces throughout the entire optical path and therefore produces extremely rugged optical systems. In an ideal solid system, lens elements, refractive or diffractive, beam splitters, sources, detectors, and any other optical elements are cemented together to form a single rigid assembly. The resulting system, essentially a solid block of glass, is impervious to misalignment. Certain systems such as analogue optical computers, for example, are ideally suited to the advantages of solid optical design schemes. A solid correlator system is presented and a designer's wish list is discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 October 1994
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 2287, Properties and Characteristics of Optical Glass III, (21 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.190939
Show Author Affiliations
Patrick J. Reardon, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
Jeffery S. Pawley, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
Timothy Scott Blackwell, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
J. P. Wilson, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2287:
Properties and Characteristics of Optical Glass III
Alexander J. Marker, Editor(s)

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