## Abstract

We derive an optimum filter function to detect a target degraded by multiplicative noise and additive overlapping noise and placed in background noise. The filter is designed to maximize the metric peak-to-output energy, which is the ratio of the expected value squared of the output peak at the target position to the expected value of the average output energy. The optimum filter provides improved discrimination as well as robustness to input noise. One advantage of the filter described here over the homomorphic filters is that the additional preprocess on the input image, that is, the input logarithmic operation, is not required for reducing the effects of multiplicative noise. The performance of the filter is examined in terms of discrimination against background noise and robustness to multiplicative and additive input noise. Both multiplicative amplitude noise and multiplicative complex noise are considered.

© 1997 Optical Society of America

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