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Optical Processing With The General Electric Light Valve
Author(s): Milton L. Noble
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Paper Abstract

The coherent light valve is a video-input spatial light modulator developed for real-time optical processing. It was developed as a modified form of the commercial GE light valve TV projection system. The video input signal phase modulates the optical aperture by modulating a raster-scanned electron beam. At compatible TV rates (525/30) the CLV system has a bandwidth of 10-15 MHz and a dynamic range of 40 dB or more . Higher scan rates have demonstrated bandwidths up to 100 MHz, and a special CLV tube design can operate above 100 MHz. Recently compact rack-mounted processor configurations, suitable for user environments, have been developed. This paper reviews past and present work and offers some predictions regarding future developments of the CLV system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 February 1980
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0209, Optical Signal Processing for C3I, (29 February 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958296
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Milton L. Noble, General Electric Company (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0209:
Optical Signal Processing for C3I
William J. Miceli, Editor(s)

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