Accession Number:

ADA200769

Title:

Compact Coherent Optical Correlator System

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 9 Jan 1985-29 Feb 1988

Corporate Author:

ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INST OF MICHIGAN ANN ARBOR IMAGE PROCESSING SYSTEMS DIV

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

85.0

Abstract:

A real-time coherent optical correlator was designed, fabricated and tested. The correlator features 30 separate filters, low-light level real-time operation, and a compact design. The correlator is packaged in a cylinder 15 cm in diameter by 30 cm long, excluding imaging lens. Each of the two laser diode coherent light sources is imaged to 15 locations with holographic optical elements HOEs. The HOEs perform a number of functions usually requiring several optical components. The HOEs correct the aspect ratio of the laser diode beams, perform the functions of collimating and Fourier transform lenses, multiplex the light beam to form multiple Fourier transforms, and correct a variety of system aberrations. Low-light operation is achieved with a microchannel image intensifier in front of a liquid crystal light modulator. This arrangement allows the correlator to operate over a wide range of light levels, from full sunlight to dusk. The image intensifier, however, reduces system resolution and response time. A computer controlled filter maker system was designed to automate filter recording. The computer, a small PC-type, controls the position of the recording plate, the reference beam angle, dwell and exposure times, and checks light source and shutter operation.

Subject Categories:

  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE