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Compact real-time acousto-optic image correlator
Author(s): Perry A. Molley; K. Terry Stalker; William C. Sweatt
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Paper Abstract

The design and development of a compact acousto-optic image correlator capable of performing real-time correlations on grayscale imagery will be described. The system utilizes one-dimensional optical devices to perform the desired two-dimensional correlation. The two-dimensional correlation is performed as a series of multichannel time-integrating correlations between each input image line and a reference template that is stored in an electronic memory. The rows of the reference template are introduced into the processor in parallel using a one-dimensional laser diode array. The correlation in the vertical direction is performed using a modified charge-coupled device (CCD) operating in the shift-and-add mode. A laser diode array, as opposed to an LED array used in previous systems, provides more power so that full use can be made of the dynamic range capabilities of the acoustooptic device and CCD. Key features of the system will be presented, including the random access template memory, the custom laser diode array consisting of 64 individually addressed laser diodes, and the custom optical design to achieve nearly diffraction-limited image quality and compactness.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 1990
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 1347, Optical Information Processing Systems and Architectures II, (27 December 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.23401
Show Author Affiliations
Perry A. Molley, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
K. Terry Stalker, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
William C. Sweatt, Sandia National Labs. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1347:
Optical Information Processing Systems and Architectures II
Bahram Javidi, Editor(s)

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