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System Roles For Noncoherent Optical Processing
Author(s): William W. Stoner
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Paper Abstract

Improved noise performance, relaxed requirements on input devices, and increased dynamic range all follow from the use of noncoherent rather than coherent light for optical processing. Noncoherent light behaves differently than coherent light, and so different optical processing techniques are required. The emerging capabilities of such techniques includes matrix-vector multiplication, correlation, linear filtering and analog to digital conversion. Recent advances in the use of the noncoherent optical transfer function for linear filtering are discussed, and applied to the processing of raster formatted radar and communication signals.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 February 1980
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 0209, Optical Signal Processing for C3I, (29 February 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958302
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William W. Stoner, Science Applications, Inc. (United States)

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

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