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Coherent optical processing using noncoherent light after source masking

Boopathi, V and Vasu, RM (1992) Coherent optical processing using noncoherent light after source masking. In: Applied Optics, 31 (2). pp. 186-191.

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Coherent optical processing starting with spatially noncoherent illumination is described. Good spatial coherence is introduced in the far field by modulating a noncoherent source when masks with sharp autocorrelation are used. The far-field mutual coherence function of light is measured and it is seen that, for the masks and the source size used here, we get a fairly large area over which the mutual coherence function is high and flat. We demonstrate traditional coherent processing operations such as Fourier transformation and image deblurring when coherent light that is produced in the above fashion is used. A coherence-redundancy merit function is defined for this type of processing system. It is experimentally demonstrated that the processing system introduced here has superior blemish tolerance compared with a traditional processor that uses coherent illumination.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Applied Optics
Publisher: Optical Society of America
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to Optical Society of America.
Keywords: Optical processing;Coherence modification;Source coding
Department/Centre: Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Instrumentation Appiled Physics
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:32
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/8835

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