Abstract

The comparative effects of optical-correlator signal-dependent and additive signal-independent noise on correlation-filter performance are analyzed by three different performance measures. For an identical value of the signal-to-noise ratio imposed on each type of noise in a binary input image, computer simulations performed with the phase-only filter show (i) that additive Gaussian signal-independent noise yields a much larger correlation-performance degradation than signal-dependent noise and (ii) that the different types of signal-dependent noise lead to similar correlation results because of similar effects on the input image that are inherent to the nature of the noise.

© 1995 Optical Society of America

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