Abstract

The optically generated joint Fourier transform (JFT) of a test image and a reference image is processed using a new method: the JFT is recorded twice. In the second recording the reference image is phase shifted by π with respect to the first recording. The two JFT’s are subtracted and binarized with a threshold of zero. Strong correlation peaks are obtained, and correlations within the test image are suppressed. Some results of optical implementation are presented, using a ferroelectric liquid crystal display with 128 × 128 pixels for data input. The phase shift of the reference was implemented by the contrast-inverted reference input on the binary light-modulating device. Processing of the JFT is done by a CCD camera, a frame grabber, and a personal computer.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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