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Incoherent Optical Signal Processing Using Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs)
Author(s): Keith Bromley; Michael A. Monahan; Richard P. Bocker; Anthony C. H. Louie; Richard D. Martin
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Paper Abstract

This paper will discuss the capabilities of a new signal processing device consisting of a light-emitting diode (LED), a photographic mask, and an area-array charge-coupled device (CCD). Such a processor can perform a broad variety of useful one-dimensional operations including linear transformation (e.g., Fourier, Walsh, Hankel), multi-channel cross-correlation, filtering, and high-density read-only memory. Any desired window function can be designed into the mask and any desired amount of window overlap can be obtained by appropriate clocking of the CCD. Its strengths include high-speed, compact size, ruggedness, reliability, and potential low cost. However, as in other analog sampled-data systems, its accuracy is moderate (the equivalent of about 8 to 10 bits). The incorporation of a real-time programmable mask into this system expands its capabilities into the nonlinear and recursive filter-ing realms (in addition to programmable versions of the above-mentioned linear operations) at the expense of system size, complexity and cost. In many applications the numerical computation capability of such a processor far surpasses that of its conventional electronic digital counterparts.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1977
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0118, Optical Signal and Image Processing, (8 December 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955681
Show Author Affiliations
Keith Bromley, Naval Ocean Systems Center (United States)
Michael A. Monahan, Naval Ocean Systems Center (United States)
Richard P. Bocker, Naval Ocean Systems Center (United States)
Anthony C. H. Louie, Naval Ocean Systems Center (United States)
Richard D. Martin, Naval Ocean Systems Center (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0118:
Optical Signal and Image Processing
David P. Casasent, Editor(s)

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