Matched filtering of megahertz-bandwidth signals by use of holograms recorded in a photorefractive crystal is demonstrated. Holographic recording of rapidly varying signals has heretofore been hampered by the relatively slow response of photorefractive crystals. For the first time, to our knowledge, synchronization between waveforms and short optical sampling pulses is used with acousto-optic electrical-to-optical conversion to build up static holograms of rf waveforms in a SBN crystal. Readout with a continuous input signal yields a time-resolved correlation with stored waveforms.
© 1997 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: December 10, 1996
Revised Manuscript: June 10, 1997
Published: October 10, 1997
G. A. Sefler, T. K. Gustafson, E. Yin, and A. Spiridon, "Radio-frequency matched filtering by photorefractive optical holography," Appl. Opt. 36, 7415-7421 (1997)