Abstract

Because of the advances made in optical technology, an extension can be made from the well-known stack filter to a new kind of gray-scale filter by using arbitrary Boolean functions instead of positive Boolean functions in the second step of a three-step process. Applications of these threshold-decomposed Boolean-based gray-scale filters in image processing include image smoothing and feature detection. A general optical implementation approach of nonlinear threshold-decomposed Boolean-based gray-scale filters is also described that utilizes area coding, gray scale correlation and lookup table thresholding techniques. Some experimental results are demonstrated.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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