Abstract

We describe the operation of a wire-grid-mirror liquid-crystal light valve and its use for optical pattern recognition. The nonlinear characteristic of the wire-grid-mirror liquid-crystal light valve is used to implement the nonlinear joint transform correlator. Experimental results and computer simulations show that the nonlinear characteristic of the wire-grid-mirror liquid-crystal light valve can produce a well-defined correlation peak and low output background. The performance of the nonlinear joint transform correlator obtained when the wire-grid-mirror liquid-crystal light valve is used is compared with that of the binary joint transform correlator.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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