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Chromatically compensated multichannel optical correlators
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Paper Abstract

The scope of this work is the compensation of the chromatic dispersion inherent to free-space light propagation, both in the Fraunhofer and in the Fresnel diffraction region. The cornerstone of our procedure lies in achieving, in a first- order approximation, the incoherent superposition of the monochromatic versions of the selected diffraction pattern in a single plane and with the same scale for all the wavelengths of the incident light. Our novel optical configurations with achromatic properties for the field diffracted by a screen are formed by a proper combination of a small number of conventional diffractive and refractive lenses, providing an achromatic real image of the diffraction pattern of interest. The residual chromatic aberrations in every case are low even when the spectrum of the incident light spreads over the whole visible region. The resulting achromatic hybrid (diffractive- refractive) systems are applied, in a second stage, for implementing several achromatic diffraction-based applications with white light, like wavelength-independent spatial- frequency filtering, achromatic pattern recognition, white- light array generation, and to designing a totally-incoherent optical processor that is able to perform color processing operations under natural illumination (both spatially and temporally incoherent).

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 November 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4113, Algorithms and Systems for Optical Information Processing IV, (2 November 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.405848
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Pedro Andres, Univ. de Valencia (Spain)
Vicent Climent, Univ. Jaume I (Spain)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4113:
Algorithms and Systems for Optical Information Processing IV
Bahram Javidi; Demetri Psaltis, Editor(s)

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