Abstract

A real-time optical correlator based on the principle of one-bit correlation, often used to facilitate the construction of real-time digital signal processors, is shown to have a greater immunity to mechanical noise than a comparable analog optical correlator. One-bit quantization also avoids some of the difficulties encountered with nonlinear light modulators. The one-bit optical correlator was studied by means of a computer simulation and an experimental system. Application of the technique to a multichannel correlator is discussed.

© 1973 Optical Society of America

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