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Holography and optical computing: the ongoing entanglement
Author(s): H. John Caulfield
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Paper Abstract

Holography records not a 3D image but an encrypted wavefront. To determine what object must have caused that wavefront, we must solve the inverse problem. Most of the time, inverse problems are singular, but in certain very simple cases they are not and an optical computer does that very well. In others, it is disastrous. So, optical computing has been part of holography from its beginning in 1947. It was not until 1962 with VanderLugt's work on Fourier Optical pattern recognitiion that holography became part of optical computing. In this paper, I review both directions of that continuing intercourse between hologrpahy and optical computing. Neither requires the other, and both are sometimes best without the other. But there remain a few cases where the fit seems ideal. The processing and recording and modification of spectral-temporal patterns is the test case I will use to illustrate their constructive relationships. Here are some examples: Spectral recognition is best done in the optical domain by holography. Temporal pulse shaping is best done in the optical domain by holography. Temporal pulses are best recorded by holography.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5005, Practical Holography XVII and Holographic Materials IX, (4 June 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.478428
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H. John Caulfield, Fisk Univ. (United States)
Alabama A&M Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5005:
Practical Holography XVII and Holographic Materials IX
Tung H. Jeong; Sylvia H. Stevenson, Editor(s)

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