Experimental performance of a binary phase-only optical correlator using visual and infrared imagery
Halby, Sandra L.
Foor, Wesley E.
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Experimental results of an optical binary phase-only correlator using both visual and IR imagery are presented. The inputs to the correlator originate from actual aerial imagery containing aircraft and a variety of distortions. Filters used as a database for the system are derived from models of aircraft. Digital image processing techniques are used on images before being input into the optical correlator to enhance the performance of the system. Both noise removing and segmentation techniques are investigated. Input images to the correlator are displayed on a 128×128 magneto-optic spatial light modulator (SLM). Experimental results are presented which show that the system performs well with images which are easily segmented from the background.