An achromatic Fourier transforming system is analyzed in a manner which gives new physical insight. A matched spatial filtering experiment is performed comparing the noise performance of a coherently produced matched filter and one made using broad spectrum light in an achromatic Fourier transforming system. The broad spectrum light is obtained by scanning a dye laser through its tuning range, thereby simulating a polychromatic point source. The system is applied to the construction of low noise holographic optical elements.
© 1985 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: June 10, 1985
Published: November 1, 1985
Stacy Leon and Emmett N. Leith, "Optical processing and holography with polychromatic point source illumination," Appl. Opt. 24, 3638-3642 (1985)