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  • Vol. 43, Iss. 6 — Feb. 20, 2004
  • pp: 1360–1367

Optical processing with vortex-producing lenses

Karlton Crabtree, Jeffrey A. Davis, and Ignacio Moreno  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 43, Issue 6, pp. 1360-1367 (2004)

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We discuss two types of optical processing using vortex-producing angular phase plates. In the most common spatial-filtering operation, an input object is Fourier transformed (either by Fraunhofer diffraction or with a lens system). The Fourier transform is then multiplied by an angular phase pattern, and the product is again Fourier transformed. The output is a space-invariant, edge-enhanced version of the input object. Alternatively we can directly image the object using a lens multiplied by the angular phase. The space-variant image is severely distorted along the optical axis of the system. We encode the phase plates onto a liquid-crystal display and present experimental results on both systems.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1970) Diffraction and gratings : Diffractive optics
(100.0100) Image processing : Image processing
(110.0110) Imaging systems : Imaging systems
(230.6120) Optical devices : Spatial light modulators

Original Manuscript: May 30, 2003
Revised Manuscript: October 7, 2003
Published: February 20, 2004

Karlton Crabtree, Jeffrey A. Davis, and Ignacio Moreno, "Optical processing with vortex-producing lenses," Appl. Opt. 43, 1360-1367 (2004)

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