Dynamic Binary Fourier Filtered Imaging System.
DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC
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An apparatus for altering the spatial frequency content of recorded patterns by selectively filtering the patterns after they are transformed into the Fourier domain. The filter characteristics are spatially and temporally variable while the real space image of the altered pattern is being observed. A laser beam is projected through a transparency containing the pattern. The patterned beam, with diffraction interference effects, is transformed to the Fourier domain at the surface of a liquid crystal light valve responsive to a spatially and temporally varying light projector. The projector activated regions reflect areas of the Fourier domain beam, while other areas are absorbed or incoherently reflected. A beam splitter redirects a portion of the reflected beam to a continuously observable image plane after transformation back into real space.
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