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Multiple quantum wells spatial light modulators for correlation based processors
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Paper Abstract

To be competitive with their electronic counterparts, correlation-based optical processors require very fast spatial light modulators (SLMs) that can perform simultaneously phase and amplitude modulation. Owing to their ultra-high speed, multiple quantum well (MQW) SLMs have been early identified as very good candidates. However, the coding domain of MQW SLMs is not widely known. We present here a study of available coding domains of MQW SLMs. We demonstrate that pure amplitude modulation, ternary { -1, 0, + 1} modulation and quaternary {0, + 1, ei2π/3, ei4π/3}, modulation are examples of coding domains that can be achieved by tuning a few parameters in the design of Fabry-Perot MQW modulators. We show that ternary and quaternary filters provide much better results than binary filters for the recognition of objects embedded in highly cluttered noise. Finally, we present a technique, the time-averaged pseudo-random encoding technique, which enables encoding of any complex filter onto a quaternary modulator. Combined with the time-¬≠averaged pseudo-random encoding technique, MQW SLMs may pave the way to the development of new optoelectronic correlator systems with improved speed and accuracy performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 November 2001
PDF: 21 pages
Proc. SPIE 10302, Optoelectronic Information Processing: Optics for Information Systems: A Critical Review, 103020G (30 November 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.449678
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Bertrand Noharet, ACREO (Sweden)
Stephane Junique, ACREO (Sweden)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10302:
Optoelectronic Information Processing: Optics for Information Systems: A Critical Review

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