Abstract

A method for digital image processing that uses optical array logic (OAL) is presented. Parallel thresholding and digital filtering are demonstrated. OAL is a promising computational paradigm for digital optical computing based on parallel neighborhood operations for two two-dimensional binary images. In the proposed method, virtual processing elements are assumed on an image plane and a gray pixel in an original gray image is stored in each processing element. Efficient gray-image processing can be achieved by data manipulation in the virtual processing elements and in the data communication among them by using OAL. Several simulation results are presented. Finally, hardware requirements for the developed algorithms and their capabilities are discussed.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

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