Accession Number:

ADA201016

Title:

Integrated Optical Information Processing

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Sep 85-31 Aug 1987

Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES OPTICAL MATERIALS AND DEVICES LAB

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1988-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

251.0

Abstract:

The principal objective of this research program was the advancement of novel integrated optical and optoelectronic device technology suitable for inherently nonplanar optical information processing applications. As a first demonstration, a compact, low cost, low power optical synthetic aperture radar SAR processor was investigated for real time image formation aboard airborne and spaceborne platforms. The key to implementation of the integrated optical SAR processor is the use of a time- and space-integrating architecture, which allows two-dimensional processing to be performed with inherently one- dimensional signal processing devices. This permits the monolithic or hybrid integration of all of the necessary components into a single compact structure. An additional novel feature of this concept is the utilization of partial waveguide confinement selective outcoupling to achieve either uniform or modulated light emission vertically out of the integrated optical substrate plane. This feature in turn permits the realization of three dimensional optical signal processing architectures. Keywords Optical information processing, Optical computing, Integrated optics, Guided wave optics, Synthetic aperture radar.

Subject Categories:

  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment
  • Optics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE