A map transformation is a willful geometrical distortion of an image. Examples are rotation, shearing, and local stretching of the coordinate system. We describe an optical setup that performs a map transformation by spatial filtering with two phase-only filters. The system is able to perform in x- and y-linear distortions (e.g., shears) as well as certain x- and y-nonlinear distortions. The distorting filters introduce no aberrations. The object may radiate coherently, incoherently, or partially coherently. Some experimental results are presented.
© 1983 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: August 5, 1982
Published: March 15, 1983
A. W. Lohmann and N. Streibl, "Map transformations by optical anamorphic processing," Appl. Opt. 22, 780-783 (1983)