Abstract

Optical edge detection, a part of image processing, plays an important role in extracting image information used in optical analog computation. In this Letter, we raise a new way to realize optical edge detection. This design is based on two liquid crystal polarization gratings with a period of 2.2 mm, which function as a spatial differentiator. We experimentally demonstrate broadband optical detection and real-time adjustable resolution. The proposed method takes advantage of the convenience to use, simple fabrication process, and real-time tunable resolution. It may guide more significant applications in the optical field and other practical scenarios like machine vision in computers.

© 2020 Chinese Laser Press

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