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  • Vol. 12, Iss. 2 — Feb. 1, 1987
  • pp: 123–125

Optical tracking novelty filter

Dana Z. Anderson, Diana M. Lininger, and Jack Feinberg  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 12, Issue 2, pp. 123-125 (1987)

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We demonstrate an optical filter that displays the time-dependent features of a scene. The heart of the device is an interferometer that is sensitive not to the difference between two optical paths lengths but to changes in the path-length difference. The interferometer arms share a phase-conjugating mirror. The phase conjugator ensures that, at steady state, the output of the interferometer is dark. The response of the interferometer to a step differential change in the optical lengths is a decaying exponential having a time constant governed by the time response of the phase conjugator. The interferometer may be used to monitor time- and space-dependent optical phase changes that are due, for example, to transparent fluid motion. With a modified liquid-crystal television used as a spatial light phase modulator in the interferometer, we detect time-dependent features of an image viewed by a video camera.

© 1987 Optical Society of America

Original Manuscript: September 8, 1986
Manuscript Accepted: October 14, 1986
Published: February 1, 1987

Dana Z. Anderson, Jack Feinberg, and Diana M. Lininger, "Optical tracking novelty filter," Opt. Lett. 12, 123-125 (1987)

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