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  • Editor: Joseph N. Mait
  • Vol. 51, Iss. 2 — Jan. 10, 2012
  • pp: 268–272

Adjustable active optical low-pass filter

Grigoriy Kreymerman  »View Author Affiliations

Applied Optics, Vol. 51, Issue 2, pp. 268-272 (2012)

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This paper presents an active optical low-pass filter (AOLPF) capable of changing the resolution of an imaging system on demand in order to remove aliasing noise from a sampling image. This is advantageous over conventional optical low-pass filters, which are fixed image-blurring optical components that are built into the imaging system, in order to remove aliasing in the image. Furthermore, conventional filters smear images regardless of the presence or lack of high spatial frequency, which can exceed the Nyquist limit of the sensor. On the contrary, the proposed AOLPF can dynamically adjust the modulation transfer function of an imaging system to eliminate aliasing artifacts. In addition, this filter can be turned off in the absence of high spatial frequency to maximize resolution and prevent unnecessary blurring of the sampling image.

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OCIS Codes
(100.2980) Image processing : Image enhancement
(110.4100) Imaging systems : Modulation transfer function
(330.6110) Vision, color, and visual optics : Spatial filtering
(110.1080) Imaging systems : Active or adaptive optics

ToC Category:
Image Processing

Original Manuscript: July 13, 2011
Revised Manuscript: October 17, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: October 19, 2011
Published: January 9, 2012

Grigoriy Kreymerman, "Adjustable active optical low-pass filter," Appl. Opt. 51, 268-272 (2012)

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