4 May 2010 Compact slot-in-type optical correlator
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We present a new slot-in type of optical correlator that is more compact than the previous types. The correlator can fit inside the cabinet of commercial personal computers and is fully controllable with windows-based software. The correlator is a Joint Transform type (JTC) and its optical system fits inside a metal box measuring 140 mm (W) x 220 mm (L) x 40 mm (H). The optical source is a 650-nm-band laser diode of the kind used in DVD systems. A spatial light modulator and a CMOS camera are installed in the metal box with the passive optical components required for the JTC. The collimated light from the laser diode is illuminated on the spatial light modulator displaying reference and data to be examined. The light reflected from the modulator is Fourier-transformed by a lens on the plane of the CMOS camera. The computer reads the power spectrum recorded by the camera and modulates the spatial light modulator. This process is repeated. We found that these JTC processes could be performed with the prototype developed in this study.
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Shota Yamamoto, Hirotoshi Kuboyama, Shinichi Arai, Kenzo Yamaguchi, Mitsuo Fukuda, Makoto Kato, Tadahiko Kawaguchi, Mitsuteru Inoue, "Compact slot-in-type optical correlator", Proc. SPIE 7723, Optics, Photonics, and Digital Technologies for Multimedia Applications, 77230B (4 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.853419; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.853419
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