Abstract

A real-time GaAs and liquid-crystal television- (LCTV-) based optical correlator is demonstrated. The speed of this correlator (video rate) is limited by the LCTV’s; with faster spatial light modulators, the potential speed of a GaAs-based correlator may be 1000 frames/s or higher. Comparisons are made between VanderLugt and joint transform configurations and between degenerate and nondegenerate four-wave mixings. The edge-enhancement effect and the Bragg diffraction effect are also discussed.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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