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  • Vol. 31, Iss. 14 — May. 10, 1992
  • pp: 2430–2437

Delay synchronization in time-of-flight optical systems

Jonathan P. Pratt and Vincent P. Heuring  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 31, Issue 14, pp. 2430-2437 (1992)

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Time-of-flight optical computer designs must implicitly or explicitly allow for the synchronization of all signals at all interaction points. This paper details algorithms for calculating delays required for synchronization of optical systems, as well as the sensitivity of these systems to variations in delays from their nominal values. These algorithms, which are applied to graph models of systems, form the basis for an optical systems design methodology in which the designer develops architectures with lumped delays and idealized zero-delay devices. When applied to the system designs, the algorithms provide estimates of actual delay distributions and sensitivities.

© 1992 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: August 21, 1990
Published: May 10, 1992

Jonathan P. Pratt and Vincent P. Heuring, "Delay synchronization in time-of-flight optical systems," Appl. Opt. 31, 2430-2437 (1992)

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