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The Optical Processing Capabilities Of The Ruticon
Author(s): Nicholas K. Sheridon; Michael A. Berkovitz
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Paper Abstract

The Ruticon is a solid state optical image modulator consisting of a metallized elastomer layer coated on a photoconductor layer. An electrical field is placed between the metal surface and a transparent conductive substrate. An input image, such as fron a CRT or a laser, causes a change in the distribution of electrical fields across the device, and the mechanical forces associated with these electrical fields cause the metallized elastomer surface to deform into an image pattern. Laser light reflected from this surface is phase modulated with the input image information and this modulated light may be used as the input to a coherent optical processing system. The operating characteristics of present and projected Ruticons will be described, along with examples of optical processing done with the Ruticon.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 December 1977
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0128, Effective Utilization of Optics in Radar Systems, (28 December 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955993
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas K. Sheridon, Xerox Corporation (United States)
Michael A. Berkovitz, Xerox Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0128:
Effective Utilization of Optics in Radar Systems
Bernard W. Vatz, Editor(s)

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