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Noncoherent Optical Processing With Two-Pupil Hybrid Systems
Author(s): William T. Rhodes
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Paper Abstract

Recent developments in noncoherent optical processing suggest that hybrid incoherent optical/electronic systems represent a viable alternative to coherent optical systems for diffraction-limited parallel processing of two-dimensional signals. Favorable characteristics of incoherent systems include greatly simplified input transducer requirements and a redundancy or multichannel nature that makes them resistent to the blemish noise typical of coherent processors. In this paper we discuss the basic kinds or classes of hybrid optical/electronic methods for bipolar processing of two-dimensional signals using two-pupil optical systems: direct subtraction and carrier, pupil interaction and non-pupil interaction. Tradeoffs and limitations are considered, and a new method for realizing a general bipolar pointspread function with positive-real pupil transparencies is presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1977
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0118, Optical Signal and Image Processing, (8 December 1977);
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William T. Rhodes, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)

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

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