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Designs for two-dimensional nonseparable array generators
Author(s): Joseph Neil Mait
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Paper Abstract

To reduce design complexity, the designers of two-dimensional array generators typically assume that the desired array is separable in two-dimensions. However, optical symbolic substitution systems and optical morphological systems require processing elements capable of generating arbitrary two-dimensional arrays. Techniques for designing array generators capable of realizing two-dimensional arbitrary arrays are discussed herein and include modification of the replicating function used to produce the grating, modification of the geometry of the basic period, and a combination of the two techniques. The replicating function is modified using three techniques: the multiplication of each replica by a phase term, the use of intercolumnar shifts, and the use of a nonrectilinear replication grid, for example, a hexagonal grid. The use of a nonrectangular base period, for example, hexagonal or circular, is also capable of changing the geometry of the output array. Using a combination of these techniques it is possible to reduce the complexity of the design problem yet produce nonseparable source arrays.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1555, Computer and Optically Generated Holographic Optics; 4th in a Series, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.50620
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Joseph Neil Mait, Harry Diamond Labs. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1555:
Computer and Optically Generated Holographic Optics; 4th in a Series
Ivan Cindrich; Sing H. Lee, Editor(s)

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