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Optical study of the fractional Fourier transforms for a regular fractal pattern
Author(s): Shaotong Feng
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Paper Abstract

In this paper we have successfully applied optical diffraction method to the study of fractional Fourier transforms of a regular fractal pattern—a snowflake. Fractals may be divided into two kinds: the 1stkind is called regular fractal which may be generated artificially according to a set of mathematical rules and it exhibits strict self-similarity; while the 2nd kind is called irregular fractal in which strict self-similarity is replaced by statistical self-similarity. We have obtained fractional Fourier transforms of a snowflake by optical method as an example of regular fractal. Different orders of fractional Fourier transforms are obtained. These are compared with ordinary Fourier transform of the same pattern. These experimental results are discussed in the light of the fractional Fourier transform for pattern recognition. These results may be readily extended to the case of irregular fractals which closely correspond to most of natural patterns.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 September 2002
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 4929, Optical Information Processing Technology, (16 September 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.483247
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Shaotong Feng, Nanjing Normal Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4929:
Optical Information Processing Technology
Guoguang Mu; Francis T. S. Yu; Suganda Jutamulia, Editor(s)

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