A microcomputer-based programmable optical correlator (MPOC) is proposed for automatic pattern recognition and identification. A programmable magneto-optic spatial light modulator and a liquid-crystal light value are used to perform a real-time joint-transform correlation operation. Since the proposed MPOC consists of a microcomputer and an optical processing system, it has the advantage of real-time programmable processing capability for large space–bandwidth-product information. The basic theory and a feasibility study of the technique are given.
© 1986 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 21, 1986
Manuscript Accepted: March 31, 1986
Published: June 1, 1986
Francis T. S. Yu and Jacques E. Ludman, "Microcomputer-based programmable optical correlator for automatic pattern recognition and identification," Opt. Lett. 11, 395-397 (1986)