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This dissertation discusses a certain aspect of opitcal data processing--namely the concept of performing a convolution operation of an incoherent optical light field with a specified processing kernel. The theory that shows that an incoherent imaging system performs a convolution by the very process of imaging is reviewed. The constraints on the form of processing kernel are discussed. The most severe constraint is the restriction of positive real kernels. Methods for extending the versatility of incoherent systems to include bipolar and even complex kernels are described. The most promising methods are those that encode the bipolar or complex information on either a spatial or temporal carrier frequency. The dissertation includes a presentation of two systems that are applicable to the demodulation of the signals generated by a temporal carrier approach. One of the systems introduces the concept of bipolar detection, which may have a strong influence on the performance of incoherent optical processing systems in the future. The other system is a synergism of optical and digital components that produces a hybrid system capable of high performance. The main motivation of this investigation was an outgrowth of our interest in developing a computed tomography system based on film recording of the projection data. The theory of computed tomography is reviewed in this text and an optical processing system based in part on the hybrid approach to the filtering operation is presented. This system represents a very concrete example of the capabilities of an incoherent optical processor.
Date January 1982
ContributorsBarrett, Harrison H.
PublisherThe University of Arizona.
Source SetsUniversity of Arizona
Detected LanguageEnglish
Typetext, Dissertation-Reproduction (electronic)
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